Mavs will struggle mightily. The Mavs have never played well in Staples. I don't think that will change tonight. The Mavs already lost once there this year.
Look for Dirk to have a poor shooting performance and look for one of LA's guards (beside Kobe) to have a good game shooting the ball. Last time it was Sasha. This time it'll probably be Evans, or Smush.
LA's got a small chance since it's at Staples. Scrubs usually play much better at home and this is one game I can't imagine Kobe not coming out firing and having a big one(50+). He's due anyway after some poor shooting nights and lord LA needs him to go nuts.
I think the Lakers would prefer to fall to number 7 and play the Suns instead of having to play the Spurs. Sure the Lakers-Spurs games have been very competitive in the regular season, but the Spurs will win a 7 game series with them in 5 or 6 games no problem. Lakers would be best off playing the Suns.
I'm goign to watch this game. I'm cheering for the Lakers. But I'm really goign to watch Dirk closely and try to figure otu why all these Mavs fans claim he's the best in the league. Put on a show Dirk! Shut me up!