Bold prediction for 2021-2022 Dallas Mavericks: 5. 55 regular season wins
The Mavs finished 42-30 last season and fifth in the Western Conference in the shortened 72-game season. It was a 48-win pace over a full 82-game slate, despite dealing with injuries, COVID-related absences, and a winter storm that shut the city down.
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks are going to be better this season. The 22-year-old is one of the best players in the world already, but he will take another step forward. Expect Doncic to be in the MVP race, but Dallas needs his supporting cast to step up.
It is going to take positive health, especially from Luka and Kristaps Porzingis, but the Mavericks come out and win 55 regular-season games this year. New head coach Jason Kidd has them playing above-average defense as Dallas leads the league in offensive rating for the second time in three seasons. Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, and Maxi Kleber all take steps forward to help lift the team up the standings.
The Dallas Mavericks grab the third seed in the Western Conference after blowing away their projected win total. The strong regular season puts them in a position to make a deep playoff run, but also leads to plenty of accolades.