Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction
The Dallas Mavericks started 2021 in thunderous form as they won five games in a row. Unfortunately, they could not maintain their streak, winning only two games of the last five they have played. The Mavericks will be keen on regaining their winning form soon and cement themselves as a Western Conference juggernaut.
The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, have shown flashes of a playoff team with victories against Lakers and the Clippers, but they have been inconsistent throughout the regular season.
The Mavericks face off against the Spurs tonight at 8:30 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.
San Antonio Spurs injury updates and predicted lineup
The San Antonio Spurs have been very inconsistent in this regular season. They haven’t won over three games in a row. This mixed form has seen them having eight wins and seven losses and they are currently the eighth seed.
Dec 26, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
The Spurs have some minor concerns. Forward Drew Eubanks is set to miss the game against the Mavs because of the health and safety protocols. Rotation guards Derrick White and Quinndary Weatherspoon will also miss the game against the Mavs with a toe injury and a knee injury, respectively.
They will look to make a comeback from the Warriors’ loss and put up a fight against the Mavericks.
Lonnie Walker IV (G)
DeMar DeRozan (F)
Keldon Johnson (F)
LaMarcus Aldridge (C)
Dallas Mavericks injury updates and expected lineup
The Dallas Mavericks who were in a disappointing losing streak of three games, finally won a game against the Eastern Conference juggernaut Indiana Pacers, them 124-112.
Their center and second star has seen a slow start in the first five games he has played. He has 20.2 points, 1.2 assists, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
Jan 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The Mavericks have some major concerns going into the next game. They see four of their players in Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell all are out with NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol.
The Mavs will hope that both the superstars Luka Doncic and Porzingis can step up and build on this Pacers win. They face a Spurs team who have been in a decent form recently.
Jalen Brunson (G)
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (F)
Kristaps Porzingis (C)
The Mavericks are missing some key players, but with the form Doncic is in and the growth Porzingis has seen in the subsequent games, they will have enough quality on the floor to defeat the Spurs.
Prediction: The Dallas Mavericks have a close win against the San Antonio Spurs.
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