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L.A. Lakers: 5 Bold Predictions for Game 3 vs. Dallas Mavericks
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The Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 93-81 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead tonight.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting.  Kobe Bryant scored 23 for the Lakers in a losing effort.

Now, the Lakers are in an extremely precarious position.  This is the worst shape they've been in since the 2008 NBA Finals series they lost to the Celtics.

My sincerest apologies for the forthcoming cliche, but the Lakers now find themselves face-to-face with a must-win game that will take place Friday in Dallas at 9:30 PM ET.

Here are five bold predictions for Game 3 of this exciting second-round series...

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