Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks Visit The Purple and Gold Today

Today the Lakers look to extend their win streak to four as they play against the Dallas Mavericks at home.

The Mavericks set a franchise record last Sunday of the fewest points that the team allowed in an overtime. The Bucks scored only one point in twelve minutes. Mavs won 86-75.

Could Mavs great defense be a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers?

The purple and gold boys won over the Phoenix Suns, 119-108, at Staples Center on Sunday November 7. Win loss record improved to 4-3.

Nick Young led the way with 22 points while Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson contributed 18 points each. Los Angeles was also able to withstand Devin Booker’s career-high 39 points as they moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.


NBA Early Prediction: Most Improve Player

There are a lot of changes this off season and there’s a lot of player who will have a chance of showing their real skills.

Here are the top 3 players on my mind that will have a big jump in terms of their stats.

1. Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks): This guys was spectacular in the record breaking run of the Warriors last season. He was the 4th best player in that team behind the Big 3 (Curry, Thompson and Green). He has a limited playing time in that team due to Iguodala’s defensive role with them.

Barnes signed with Dallas Mavericks last summer and it looks like a very good move for his career. He will now be a starter in that team and will have a plenty of playing time to show his real skills.

Last Season Average: 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game
Predicted Next Season Average: 17 points and 7 rebounds per game

2. Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks): Who will forget the Rookie who had been bashed throughout the draft day to pre-season games by the fans? And who will forget the Rookie who finished 2nd in the Rookie of the Year award last season behind Karl Anthony-Towns? That kid is Kristaps Porzingis, this kid averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game while playing alongside with Carmelo Anthony.

I predict that Kristaps will be a big factor of Knick’s success this season, He will not have a very big jump in terms of his stats but the reason why I ranked him 2nd is his effect to the team.

Last Season Average: 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game

Predicted Next Season Average: 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game

3. Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks): Known as the backup point guard of Jeff Teague, this player was one of the best defensive players in the league while contributing 11 points and 4.4 assists per game and playing limited minutes for Atlanta Hawks.

Now Teague had been traded to Indiana and Horford signs with the Celtics, He will now be the main man of this Atlanta Squad alongside with Millsap, Bazemore and Korver.

Last Season Average: 11 points and 4.4 dimes per game
Predicted Next Season Average: 18 points and 6 dimes per game