The Dallas Mavericks return home to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 17. Here is a peek at how to watch, the odds, and more.
The Blazers have won two straight as they are making a playoff push. Portland is 1.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth seed in Western Conference. Damian Lillard and company will be ready to play against the Mavericks.
Here is everything fans desire to know about that game.
Friday’s contest begins at 9:30 p.m. ET or 8:30 local time in Dallas.
How to watch
ESPN is broadcasting the game on national TV. Local fans can still watch on Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas. In Portland, the action is on NBC Sports Northwest.
Fans can stream the action on Hulu Live or Watch ESPN. Local Dallas viewers can check out Fox Sports Go.
The Mavericks game notes list Kristaps Porzingis as questionable with knee soreness. He was expected to play in the last game before being scratched just before tipoff. His status is worth monitoring. Ryan Broekhoff remains out with his broken leg.
The NBA’s official injury report lists Mario Hezonja as probable with a back injury. Zach Collins (shoulder), Rodney Hood (Achilles), Skal Labissiere (knee), and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) are all out for Friday’s game.
Storyline to follow: Luka vs. Dame
Luka Doncic had one of the best games of his NBA career on Wednesday. He finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists in the win over the Kings. Doncic will be looking to keep his hot streak going against the Blazers.
In the only meeting this season, Luka had 29 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists despite struggling a bit from the field. Damian Lillard countered with 28 points and five dimes as the Blazers picked up the 121-119 win on Oct. 27. Expect the two elite talents to duel again on Jan. 17.
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