Lakers Vs. Mavericks: L.A. Returns To Site Of Playoff Sweep

DALLAS, TX - MAY 08: Guard Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball past Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Lakers are 1-0 against Dallas this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers begin a tough midwest two-day road trip Wednesday night facing the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. The Lakers over the next two nights will face the teams with the best and third-best records in the Western Conference, as they travel to Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

The final two games before the All-Star break will show us just how the Lakers respond to the players only meeting called on Monday by Kobe Bryant after the Lakers beat Portland 103-92 at Staples Center. The Lakers return to Dallas Wednesday night for the first time since getting swept out of the playoffs by the Mavericks last May.

The Mavericks (21-12) are 7-2 in their last nine games and are 13-5 at home this season. The Lakers (19-13) meanwhile are just 5-11 on the road, though they are 4-4 in their last eight contests away from Staples Center. The Lakers beat Dallas 73-70 on January 16 at Staples Center, a game in which the Lakers scored a franchise low (in the shot clock era) seven points in the third quarter.

Derek Fisher hit a game-winning three-pointer in that game in January, but it has been a disappointing season for the point guard. I was going to point out Fisher was only averaging 5.8 points and 2.5 assists per game since the shot while shooting 35.4% from the field and 26.9% from three-point range, but those numbers are in line with his season totals (5.2 points, 3.5 assists, 36.0 FG%, 25.0 three-point percentage).

Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by ESPN and KCAL. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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