Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic is contributing to the team without playing any minutes. When will the big man see his first action of the season?
The Mavs have won their first two games behind masterful performances from Luka Doncic. Bobi has yet to play a minute of action. That does not mean he is not contributing. Marjanovic has a larger than life personality. Everybody loves him. Boban lightens the mood and brings plenty of smiles to Dallas.
He can play too. The 7’4 big man is a problem in the paint. He will always be a match ups option. That brings about the question of when will Marjanovic play his first minutes with the Dallas Mavericks? Here is a look at the next three games and his odds of playing.
The Mavs host the Blazers on Sunday. Portland is going to start Hassan Whiteside and Zach Collins, but play small in the second unit. If Whiteside is going off, Coach Carlisle could use Marjanovic to slow him down. The Mavs will likely rely on Porzingis and Kleber to get the job done on Sunday.
Odds of Boban playing: 20 percent
Bobi is likely to play an important role against the Nuggets. Marjanovic performs well defending countryman Nikola Jokic. Denver is going to play Mason Plumlee at the five off the bench too. That leaves plenty of opportunity for Marjanovic.
Odds of Boban playing: 75 percent
Vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers will be an interesting test case. Their best lineup features Anthony Davis at the five. The Lakers have JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard, though. Marjanovic could matchup against either. It will be the game within the game when the Lakers visit Dallas on Nov. 1.
Odds of Boban playing: 25 percent
Dallas Mavericks supporters will get a Boban Marjanovic sighting in the near future. The team is facing a tough three-game stretch against projected Western Conference playoff teams. It will be interesting to see how Coach Carlisle divides the playing time in each contest.
It would be surprising for Bobi to be a DNP-CD against the Nuggets. He has done well guarding Jokic, and the Mavs know that. Expect that to be his first game if he does not play on Sunday against Portland.
Boban Marjanovic will continue making a positive impact on the Dallas Mavericks even if he is not playing in games. Fans can bank on that.