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Dallas Mavericks: 5 cannot miss games this season

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Dallas Mavericks cannot miss game: 1. Mavs host Lakers on Dec. 15

There is no bigger match-up for Luka Doncic than facing LeBron James. It allows the young superstar to go against his idol, but always presents an opportunity for the passing of the torch. King James is still the face of the NBA, but Doncic is heir to his throne. Watching the two go head-to-head is always a treat.

The Los Angeles Lakers remade their roster this offseason. They traded for Russell Westbrook and added a host of fresh role players around their new “Big 3”. It will take some time to figure it out, but Los Angeles is once again favored to win the Western Conference. Can they make the pieces fit and contend for a title? How quickly will it happen? It is a massive storyline to follow early in the season.

The Lakers have dominated the series against the Mavericks since Luka Doncic arrived in Dallas. They were victorious in seven of the ten meetings, but the Mavs have won two straight. Luka Doncic will be hungry to put on a show and get the upper hand on his idol.

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The two teams square off three times this season, but none will be bigger than their first meeting. Expect both sides to be looking to gain an early advantage in this cannot miss contest.