5 Dallas Mavericks bold predictions for the 2022-23 season

Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd, Luka Doncic
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Prediction for 2022-23 season: 3. Dallas Mavericks have 54 regular season wins

The Mavs won 52 games last season, but fans will remember they had to rebound from a slow start. Doncic was not in peak form, and it cost Dallas early on as they were 17-18 at the end of the 2021 calendar year.

Luka Doncic missed two and a half weeks with an ankle injury and a stint in the health and safety protocols, but the team reached new heights following his return. The Mavericks closed 35-12 over the final 47 games. Their 74.4 winning percentage is a 61-win pace over the entire season.

Things finally clicked under first-year head coach Jason Kidd at the start of 2022. The Mavs got comfortable with the defensive schemes and rotations, and they simplified the offense. Dallas reached the conference finals on the back of their defense, and that will again be a key piece of the team’s identity.

Expect the Mavs to be better in year two under head coach Jason Kidd even if the conference is more difficult. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Jamal Murray, Zion Williamson, and Michael Porter Jr. are all back from injuries that cost them a significant portion of last season, but Dallas has continuity and defense to lead them to 54 victories, which gives them the third best record in the West at the end of the regular season.