After getting destroyed by the
The Mavericks have added one of the top scoring guards in the league in
Dallas should in the playoff mix in the Western Conference, certainly a team the Lakers need to beat for their own postseason hopes.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks outplayed
While both are a little older, they're two of the league's most talented veteran big men.
Through three games, Nowitzki is averaging 23.3 points while shooting 58.3% from three-point range.
Gasol is leading the Lakers through four games at 15.8 points a night, oddly shooting 50% from long distance (3-6). While Gasol is primarily a post player, he's trying to adapt to Coach
Nowitzki is a deadly end-game scorer. Gasol is the better rebounder (averaging 11 a game), although he's currently playing through a respiratory infection.
Containing Monta Ellis will be a challenge for the Lakers.
The 6-foot-3 guard starts at the two next to Calderon at point guard.
D'Antoni has asked
The Lakers need to find a way to stop the Mavericks' perimeter attack -- while simultaneously spacing the floor.
So far this season it's been hit and miss for the Lakers (2-2).
Another X-factor for the Lakers is
Henry has been one of the team's most dependable scorers this season at 14.3 points a game while shooting 45.5% from three-point range. He's also taken 31 free-throw attempts, 16 more than his nearest teammate (Gasol at 17).
The Mavericks are 2-1, averaging 111.3 points a game while giving up 107.0.
Without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers are going to have a difficult time coming into Dallas to get the win.