Lakers Vs. Mavericks Preview: L.A. Seeking Win To End Road Trip

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to face the Dallas Mavericks as they try to close their five-game road trip with a win. The team comes in losing three straight after starting this road trip with their first win of the season against the Brooklyn Nets last Friday.

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The latest loss came in heartbreaking fashion as Los Angeles fell to the Orlando Magic on a 20-foot buzzer-beating turnaround by Nikola Vucevic to lose 101-99. However, besides the loss, the Lakers young core competed throughout the entire game without 20-year veteran Kobe Bryant, who missed his second straight game due to a sore back and is questionable for Friday’s game.

Another key note was that D’Angelo Russell, the Lakers playmaking point guard and No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, finally saw some action in the fourth quarter after being benched in the fourth against the Miami Heat the night prior. Russell responded well as he finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds, one block, one steal and a team-high 31 minutes played.

Frontcourt:

The Mavericks frontcourt is led by 18-year veteran Dirk Nowitzki. The 13-time All-Star is hoping to lead to lead Dallas to another playoff run with this new revamped Mavericks team. After slowing down the past few seasons due to Father Time approaching, Nowitzki is off to a solid start in the 2015-16 season averaging 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 55.3 percent shooting. He’s coming his best performance in a 118-108 win against the Los Angeles Clippers where he scored 31 points and 11 rebounds, knocking down 5-of-6 threes.

Alongside Nowitzki is Florida native Chandler Parsons. The 27-year-old small is one of the best shooting forwards in the league entering his second season with the Mavericks. Following knee surgery that he got in October, Dallas is monitoring his minutes early in the season so his status is probable. Parsons sat out for a third time already in Wednesday’s win after playing 17 minutes the night prior against the New Orlean Pelicans. If he doesn’t play against the Lakers, he’ll presumably return Saturday night against the Houston Rockets — his former team. If Parsons doesn’t play, expect Jeremy Evans to get the nod at small forward.

Zaza Pachulia became the Mavericks starting center as soon as DeAndre Jordan elected to turn against Dallas and his word, ultimately re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s done a solid job thus far averaging close to a a double-double this season (9.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game). In the matchup against Jordan on Wednesday, Pachulia finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, showing a lot of emotion late in the fourth quarter in a game that was more competitive than the final scoreboard showed.

Backcourt:

Trying to resurrect his career in his first year with the team is three-time All-Star, Deron Williams. Once viewed as one of the best point guards in the league in his stint with the Utah Jazz, Williams and the Lakers know each other back when both teams were competing for NBA championships every Spring. Although now with a much-less different role in Dallas, the former No. 3 pick of the 2005 draft is hoping to use some of that veteran and playoff experience to make the Mavericks in the Western Conference.

The biggest addition in the offseason didn’t turn out to be DeAndre Jordan after all. Instead, it was Wesley Matthews who ultimately kept his word in signing with Dallas on a four-year, $70 million max deal. Matthews is coming off a season-ending ruptured Achilles that cost him to miss the last 22 games of the season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s a solid two-way player that can light it up on any night. In his last outing against the Clippers, Matthews posted a season-high 25 points, along with six rebounds and three assists.

Keys to Victory:

Start off Strong: One thing that has helped the Lakers fall to a 1-7 record is starting games off slow. If they want to end their five-game road trip with a win in Dallas, they’re going to have to pick up the pace since tip-off. Remember this is the same Dallas team that blitzed to a 15-0 lead against the Lakers just 12 days ago in Los Angeles. Starting off strong, especially since the Mavericks are coming off an emotional win against the Clippers, will help the Lakers end this trip on a high note.

Rebounding Battle: Winning the battle on the boards will always help any team win games. Coming off a game where the Lakers gave up 23 offensive rebounds in a 101-99 buzzer-beating loss to the Orlando Magic, it’s about time Los Angeles starts taking some pride in putting a body on someone when the ball is shot. The Lakers have now dropped to 26th in the NBA in rebounds (were previously 24th) — being out rebounded by 7.4 boards per contest. Especially on a team that plays lackadaisical defense like the Lakers, they’re going to have limit second chance opportunities if they want to get a win in the big D.

Close the Game: The 101-99 loss to Orlando in buzzer-beating fashion marked the third time this season already where the Lakers blew a lead in the fourth quarter. On a team that is rebuilding and is desperate for wins to calm tensions, the Lakers have to find a way to finish games in the fourth quarter if they want to have a shot of at least trying to turn the season around.

Los Angeles Lakers (1-7) at Dallas Mavericks (4-4)
5:30 PM PST, November 13, 2015
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Kobe Bryant
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert

Key Reserves: SG: Lou Williams SF: Nick Young PF: Larry Nance Jr.

Mavericks Projected Starting Lineup
PG: Deron Williams
SG: Wesley Matthews
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: Zaza Pachulia

Key Reserves: PG: Raymond Felton SG: Deron Harris SF: Jeremy Evans

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lose again sure if byron scott not makes changes this last chance for byron scott fired and replace tom thibodeau or scott brooks and also consider monty williams as next head coach LA Lakers

  • lose again sure if byron scott not makes changes this last chance for byron scott fired and replace tom thibodeau or scott brooks and also consider monty williams as next head coach LA Lakers wake up call

  • There’s an NBA poll of former players who’d make good coaches – billups, Juwan, Fish, Kidd, Nash, Walton and Battier.
    Battier would on top of that list for me. he’s an intelligent tactation with a politician voice. He could easily be the next Zen Master. Wipe the slate clean. No rethreads. No showtime wannabe. Start Fresh.

  • There’s an NBA poll of former players who’d make good coaches – billups, Juwan, Fish, Kidd, Nash, Walton and Battier.
    Battier would on top of that list for me. he’s an intelligent tactation with a politician voice. He could easily be the next Zen Master. Wipe the slate clean. No rethreads. No showtime wannabe. Start Fresh.

  • It seems to me like Scott is deliberately benching Kobe under the guise of a low level back issue.

    And if true, Kobe’s taking a back seat for the sake of player development. Ironically, he’s doing exactly what the Kobe haters have always preached and getting out of the way of the future.

  • It seems to me like Scott is deliberately benching Kobe under the guise of a low level back issue. It’s odd to me that one of the greatest warriors of the game is sitting over a slight bit of muscle tightness….

    And if true, Kobe’s taking a back seat for the sake of player development. Ironically, he’s doing exactly what the Kobe haters have always preached and getting out of the way of the future.

  • I’m ok with Scott if he can deliver Simmons, Skal or Ingram.

    It’s not easy to find a coach willing to sink his career and deliberately follow the directives of the front office for a top 3 finish. I’m sure $16m helps ease the pain.

  • I’m ok with Scott if he can deliver Simmons, Skal or Ingram.

    It’s not easy to find a coach willing to sink his career and deliberately follow the directives of the front office for a top 3 finish. I’m sure $16m helps ease the pain.

    Think of the future:
    PG: Russell
    SG: Clarkson
    SF: Simmons / Brown
    PF: Randle / Nance
    C: Hibbert

    Then add a #31 pick, and $40-50m in free agents for the next 4 years. And probably upshaw and holmes.

    The future is bright and Simmons is worth losing a season over. Ingram and Skal should be too.

  • if i or some other blogger would have posted the comment you just posted you’d be here replying with your typical diva replies, “post the link” lol, or “dont make stuff up”. but i am glad to see you posting your own comment instead of b_!tching about someone else’s

  • So far, that’s 10 wins.
    That sets the bar pretty low for the 76ers.

    And while Brooklyn sucks, their pick goes to Boston so there is no incentive to give then a top 3 pick. There are already rumors that the Nets are making calls to trade.

  • if i or some other blogger would have posted the comment you just posted you’d be here replying with your typical diva replies, “post the link” lol, or “dont make stuff up”. but i am glad to see you posting your own comment instead of b_!tching about someone else’s

  • So far, that’s 10 wins.
    That sets the bar pretty low for the 76ers.

    And while Brooklyn sucks, their pick goes to Boston so there is no incentive to give then a top 3 pick. There are already rumors that the Nets are making calls to trade.

  • Thanks for the insightful dialog and thoughtful reaponse.

    Have you been waiting a week to write that?

  • Thanks for the insightful dialog and thoughtful reaponse.

    Have you been waiting a week to write that?

    Anyways…
    Let’s get back to talking about Kobe and the Lakers.

  • Kobe won’t play tonite…..Another uphill battle…As far as Coaches go…Robert Horry has a very good clue about players…Fact.

  • Kobe won’t play tonite…..Another uphill battle…As far as Coaches go…Robert Horry has a very good clue about players…Fact.

  • lakers could not score 100 points vs orlando with out their starting sg.

    we wont get close to 100 in this game unless lou and young are hot

  • lakers could not score 100 points vs orlando with out their starting sg.

    we wont get close to 100 in this game unless lou and young are hot

  • At this point I don’t care if LAL win or lose since they won’t go to the playoffs either way. I just want them to play good offense with good ball/player movement, have good defensive rotations, and go out and compete. It may just be a moral victory but it would be setting us on the right path for the years to come.

  • At this point I don’t care if LAL win or lose since they won’t go to the playoffs either way. I just want them to play good offense with good ball/player movement, have good defensive rotations, and go out and compete. It may just be a moral victory but it would be setting us on the right path for the years to come.

  • I can see why you may have such a dim outlook on things. 1-7 is not a very promising start. But if you looked at the fact that they loss about 3 or 4 games they were in striking distance to winning? And the fact that they had so many players who have never played together before it kind of makes sense to struggle early. Just about every team in the league has returned at least 3 starters from last season. Some have the same starting 5. While others have improved their starting line up and bench. The Lakers don’t have one player who started 40 or more games last year who has returned. That means your starting 5 has to learn how to play together on both sides of the ball. Then if the starters haven’t ever played together most likely neither have the bench players.

    It is a lot to ask a team that was slapped together quickly over the summer to dominate in the NBA. The NBA is the toughest basketball league in the world.

    If the Lakers start winning a few of these games that they clearly have been in they will start to develop a bit of trust,confidence, and chemistry. When that happens I think everyone will be a bit more optimistic. I still think it will be an uphill climb, but I’m not quite ready to stick a fork in their playoff hopes.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I can see why you may have such a dim outlook on things. 1-7 is not a very promising start. But if you looked at the fact that they loss about 3 or 4 games they were in striking distance to winning? And the fact that they had so many players who have never played together before it kind of makes sense to struggle early. Just about every team in the league has returned at least 3 starters from last season. Some have the same starting 5. While others have improved their starting line up and bench. The Lakers don’t have one player who started 40 or more games last year who has returned. That means your starting 5 has to learn how to play together on both sides of the ball. Then if the starters haven’t ever played together most likely neither have the bench players.

    It is a lot to ask a team that was slapped together quickly over the summer to dominate in the NBA. The NBA is the toughest basketball league in the world.

    If the Lakers start winning a few of these games that they clearly have been in they will start to develop a bit of trust,confidence, and chemistry. When that happens I think everyone will be a bit more optimistic. I still think it will be an uphill climb, but I’m not quite ready to stick a fork in their playoff hopes.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Can you let me enjoy my dreams?(smile) Hey I will always be a “can do ” specialist. I like to point out what a person, team ,or player “can do” rather than what can’t be done.

    I agree they have not proven what they can do but that doesn’t mean they can’t or they won’t. Their not done yet.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Can you let me enjoy my dreams?(smile) Hey I will always be a “can do ” specialist. I like to point out what a person, team ,or player “can do” rather than what can’t be done.

    I agree they have not proven what they can do but that doesn’t mean they can’t or they won’t. Their not done yet.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Not yet, he is still questionable, apparently he got sick when they arrived in Dallas. – Source LATImes

  • Not yet, he is still questionable, apparently he got sick when they arrived in Dallas. – Source LATImes

  • I don’t see too much scary with this Dallas Roster, Dirk is obviously shooting lights out, but Randle also had Dirk’s number at the other end last game, so they may cancel each other out. The biggest problem will be the battle of the tacticians, where Carlisle will easily have Byron’s number.

  • I don’t see too much scary with this Dallas Roster, Dirk is obviously shooting lights out, but Randle also had Dirk’s number at the other end last game, so they may cancel each other out. The biggest problem will be the battle of the tacticians, where Carlisle will easily have Byron’s number.

  • Another night, another loss for the Lakers. I wonder which Maverick will score a career high against us. Hopefully D’Angelo has a good game and we don’t get blown out.

  • Another night, another loss for the Lakers. I wonder which Maverick will score a career high against us. Hopefully D’Angelo has a good game and we don’t get blown out.

  • Russ the new Magic and Kobe will lead the Lakers to a win tonite with a double double!!!

  • Give Rival a break, will you? He’s old, retired, can no longer feel his nuts and has gone ‘stay soft’ mode for years. Have some pity, Stop hurting him.

  • U are right, Pat. Lakers will win this one. Write it down now. I say 103 – 95. Russ 27p 8a 6r.

  • Need at least 21 boards from Hibbert and Randle. Need Roy to stay active on the offensive end like he was last game. Need to see the same ball movement and equal shot distribution of late. Need to push the pace and get fast break points to help increase points in the paint, as it makes for more easy buckets and less stagnant offense. And I hope we see more of the recent increased FG%.

  • Need at least 21 boards from Hibbert and Randle. Need Roy to stay active on the offensive end like he was last game. Need to see the same ball movement and equal shot distribution of late. Need to push the pace and get fast break points to help increase points in the paint, as it makes for more easy buckets and less stagnant offense. And I hope we see more of the recent increased FG%.

  • Aw man this kinda sucks. The Defenders play their opener tonight at 7:00pm. Gonna miss out on checking out Upshaw from watching the Lakers game. Oh well. If anyone wants to see the Defenders game, you can check them out at this link…

    youtu. be/RkE9wlToxXM

  • I will say Russell seems to be starting to get a feel for the NBA game.

    I hope he has a great game too.

    Paytc

  • Aw man this kinda sucks. The Defenders play their opener tonight at 7:00pm. Gonna miss out on checking out Upshaw from watching the Lakers game. Oh well. If anyone wants to see the Defenders game, you can check them out at this link…

    youtu. be/RkE9wlToxXM

  • I will say Russell seems to be starting to get a feel for the NBA game.

    I hope he has a great game too.

    Paytc

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