The Dallas Mavericks took care of business against the 1-10 Pelicans to improve to 7-3 (5-1 home record) on the season.

Wins like these keep the team focused and continue the momentum down the road.

Luka Doncic led the team in scoring with 25 points on 10-21 shooting and five rebounds.

Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr tied for second with 17 points apiece.

Coming into the game, Mavericks had a more than greater chance at winning this game as the Pelicans were coming off a 41 point defeat.

That has been the story for the Mavericks so far, beat up on the not-so-good teams but have been out of sync against good ones.

Bench stepped up a bit

Besides Brunson, the rest of the Mavs bench has struggled at creating offensive opportunities this season.

Reggie Bullock attributed with 12 points on 5-7 shooting as he has had back-to-back double-digit performances.

Point guard Frank Ntilikina with 9 points to keep the flow of the game in his 18 mins of action.

Today was a good time to fix some issues and gain more confidence with Jason Kidd’s game plan.

Hopefully, there could be more role players that can continue to step up and help win games.

Luka’s Consistency

In 9 out of the 10 games, Luka has scored at least 20 points or more

When Luka has been off of his game, the entire team suffers and does not have the firepower to withstand.

Over the past month or so, Brunson has stepped up as the second scorer the Mavericks have looking for.

His play this season has allowed Doncic to play at a more consistent level than his first three year’s where he was the only player producing.

While it is still early in the season, it has been fun to watch Luka grow as a leader on the court.

Luka is in his fourth year and has yet to hit his peak at 22 years of age.

That has to have Owner Mark Cuban and Kidd excited about the future of the team.

What’s Next?

The Mavericks will head to Chicago to take on the Bulls who are also sitting at 7-3 and third in the Eastern Conference.

It will be a fun one as the Mavericks have done okay on the road but struggled on the defensive end.

Lonzo Ball, DeMar Dorozan, and Zach Lavine will be matchup problems for the Mavericks as they struggled to defend the paint.

Kidd will have a game plan similar to the Celtics and have his guys start out on the fast break to get a lead.

As long as Dallas can stay ahead and play their style they can steal one in Chicago.