I would hate to be the Mavs, because that first game is when alot is going to happen. Kobe will relieve his anger about everything by dropping point after point on dallas; Shaq has to show everyone that he will dominate, will tear every team apart and that he is in the excellent shape; Malone has to prove, to unbelievers, that he still can play, that he can adjust to the offense, and that being a 3rd or 4th option is ok with him, and that he isn't just looking to score so he can break the record; Payton has to prove, to unbelievers, that he can adjust and adapt. And Phil has to prove, to unbelievers, that he can handle all this talent and the egos that go with them. This is a very important game, where we have to crush the mavs, if we do so we will strike fear in everyone else from the beginning. So I expect to see everyone do very well this game, this might be on of our best regular season games performance wise.
The other big game is against the spurs. The lakers, especially Kobe and Shaq already have this date circled. They are waiting to unleash the fury upon them. Kobe and Shaq are not good losers, so they will be looking to destroy this team, and let them know that the playoffs are going to go totally different this year. Kobe will shut up the new alleged kobe stopper and Shaq will punish timmy severely. After this game, the spurs will pack up and move into hiding with Osama.