Dallas Mavericks basketball is back at the American Airlines Center on Oct. 14. Here is how fans can watch the contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Dallas Mavericks have gotten off to a rough start this preseason. They lost their first three contests. Luckily the games are not counting yet.
The Mavs take the court again on Monday. It is their second and final home preseason game. They face the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second time. OKC won the first matchup 119-104, but Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis both sat out because of load management. The Mavericks star duo is expected to play this time.
Here is how fans can watch plus a few important things to know before tipoff.
Monday’s contest is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. local time in Dallas or 8:30 p.m. ET.
How to watch
Local Mavericks fans can watch on Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas. Oklahoma City has its local broadcast on Fox Sports-Oklahoma as well.
Fubo.tv remains a stellar way to watch online regardless of your location. They offer both local and out market games this season.
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That is three rotation pieces out of the lineup. The Mavs have J.J. Barea and Seth Curry to man the backcourt with the second unit. Their frontcourt depth will be tested against Oklahoma City, though. Porzingis and Maxi Kleber should start. The only true big man left is Boban Marjanovic. Coach Carlisle will have to use Luka and Justin Jackson at the four to cover for the injuries.
It is a preseason game, so news about inactive players can pop up at any moment. Keep an eye out before tipoff for all the latest.
Storylines to follow
1. Can Luka stay hot
Luka Doncic has 48 points in 51 minutes played this preseason. The 20-year-old has his 3-point shot (seven of 16 so far) dialed in. Expect Doncic to come out attacking against the Thunder. The question is can he stay hot? Time will tell.
2. Porzingis working to get his rhythm
KP is just 11 of 31 from the field this preseason. He is getting plenty of open looks but is still trying to shake the rust off after sitting out for 20 months. Fans should not be at all worried. Porzingis will catch fire soon, and the rest of the NBA may want to watch out.
Kristaps is a special talent. 7’3 big men are not supposed to be able to shot, handle the ball, and score the way Porzingis can. KP is truly the Unicorn. Hopefully, he can get his shooting back on track before the Oct. 23 regular season opener.
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