What to make of Lakers' winless preseason, the advantage of shooting in empty arenas and the least predictable NBA MVP

The Los Angeles Lakers went 0-6 in the preseason. Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images

Is the Los Angeles Lakers finishing 0-6 in the preseason a red flag?

The Lakers had the worst record of any team in the exhibition season, losing their six games by an average of 15 points per game. None of those losses will count when the Lakers open the regular season Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors, but it's worth pondering the predictive power of preseason performance to see whether their struggles reflect concerns about the age and depth of a rebuilt Lakers roster.

Throughout the NBA season, I answer your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly @kpelton, tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com.

The best questions focus on a general topic instead of a specific player or team and anything that allows me to do original research to understand how the game is played is welcomed.

In addition to the lead question, this week's mailbag also tackles your questions about:

• Whether the absence of fans contributed to last season's hot 3-point shooting

• The least likely MVP winner historically