The Dallas Mavericks are gearing up for training camp after adding Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown in free agency as two pieces that complement superstar Luka Doncic. The Mavs are incrementally better, but failed on their offseason goal of adding a marquee free agent.
With the schedule released, free agency slowed to a halt, and training camp less than a month away, fans are beginning to take a closer at where teams will finish this season. The race in both conferences feels wide open, and this may be the most difficult year to predict in the last decade.
Where will the Mavericks land? The schedule broke well for Dallas, but can they use it to their advantage. Here is a prediction of all 82 regular-season games.
Predicting every game on the Dallas Mavericks schedule
Oct. 21 at Atlanta Hawks: Win
The Mavs open the season on TNT against Trae Young and the Hawks. Dallas won both meetings last season and will take the opener in Atlanta behind a massive performance from Luka Doncic.
Oct. 23 at Toronto Raptors: Win
The Mavericks have not won in Toronto since 2014, but the Raptors lost Kyle Lowry and missed the playoffs last season after seven straight appearances. Luka breaks the streak with a masterful 25-point triple-double as the Raptors slow down late on the second night of a back-to-back.
Oct. 26 vs. Houston Rockets: Win
Dallas lost two of three to the Rockets last season, but Houston is in full rebuild mode. The Mavericks take care of business to make it three straight wins to start the season.
Oct. 28 vs. San Antonio Spurs: Win
The Mavericks have won five of the last seven meetings against San Antonio, plus the Spurs lost DeMar DeRozan in free agency. Luka leads Dallas to a win in dominant fashion to move them to 4-0.
Oct. 29 at Denver Nuggets: Loss
Facing the Nuggets in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back is a near-impossible win. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic goes off to give the Mavericks their first loss of the season in the first game Kristaps Porzingis misses.
Oct. 31 vs. Sacramento Kings: Win
The Kings swept the season series against Dallas last season, but the Mavericks get back in the win column at the American Airlines Center on Halloween. This is a 2:30 p.m. CT tipoff or primetime in Europe, which always means Doncic goes off.