The Lakers will have a difficult challenge Friday, visiting the
Dallas is expecting to get
The Lakers will be without
Through 12 games,
The 6-foot-3 guard is always looking to attack, which can be a problem for the Lakers given how many other Mavericks can score -- including star
Bryant (6-foot-6) has the height advantage over Ellis, but isn't as quick. The Mavericks spread the floor exceptionally well -- whoever is guarding Ellis won't have much help, if beat off the dribble.
The Lakers need to continue to get points from Bryant (27.5 a game) and Young (16.5) -- but if the Lakers are to get an upset, it will be because of a tremendous defensive effort.
The Lakers always seemed to have a difficult time against Parsons when he was with Houston, where he spent his first three seasons. With his new squad, Parsons is shooting 40.1% from the field and 34.8% from three-point range.
Nowitzki is another problem, shooting 53.1% and 46.9%, respectively. He's still a deadly threat to score with the game on the line.
The Mavericks brought back defensive center
The Lakers are a more dynamic squad when Jeremy Lin is both scoring and facilitating, along with big men
Dallas is a true team. The Lakers have shown some signs os strength over the last few games, but Friday will take their best effort.
The Lakers have impressed, after a miserable start, by winning in Atlanta and Houston. The Rockets were without center
A win over the Mavericks would be stunning victory for the Lakers.