Dallas Mavericks: An honest breakdown of the season schedule
By Kohl Rast
Total games: 8
Home games: 3
Away games: 5
Games against Eastern Conference opponents: 3
Games against Western Conference opponents: 5
Game to Watch: There are a few games that could be really exciting in the first month of the season, but the game I am most excited for will be happening on October 28th against the Utah Jazz. Utah was one of the big surprises in the West last year and are looking to continue their push up the standings.
Dallas is not quite there just yet but they have historically matched up well against the Jazz. This may be a great game of the favorites vs. the spoilers. If Dallas wins this one, it could be a good indication for the upcoming season.
Easiest game: The Mavs play the Chicago Bulls on October 22nd. Although the Bulls have some bright spots in Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn, they are still a long way from competing even in the Eastern Conference.
The Mavs should be able to handle business against Chicago in this one, especially considering Markkanen will definitely not be available for the game. It will be intriguing to get a look at rookie phenom, Wendell Carter Jr. as well. Dallas should take this one easily.
Hardest game: The obvious choice for this one just so happens to be the last game of the month on Halloween. The scary matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers will give the Mavs their first look at LeBron and the youngsters surrounding him. This team has loads of potential that could pan out in a big way.
I think this game will be close and that Dallas will be able to keep up with the Lakers, but in the end I expect LeBron to be too much for the Mavs. Hopefully Barnes will be back by this one in order to give LA the best competition they can.