The Dallas Mavericks head on the road to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 23. Here is a look at everything fans need to know about that contest.
The Dallas Mavericks had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday against the Clippers. Dwight Powell ruptured his Achilles in the first quarter of that game. It was a devastating night for the Mavs.
They are back it on Thursday as they travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers. The two teams just did battle on Jan. 17. Luka Doncic (35 points) and Damian Lillard (34) went toe-to-toe as the Mavericks earned a 120-112 victory. Expect another exciting contest.
Here is everything supporters need to know about the Mavs and Blazers showdown.
Thursday’s contest gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET or 9:30 local time in Dallas.
How to watch
TNT takes over the broadcast on Jan. 23. It is part of their Thursday doubleheader. The All-Star starters will also be announced during the telecast. Fans should tune in at 7:00 p.m. CT to see if Luka Doncic makes his first squad.
FuboTV is the best way to stream Thursday’s game. They have TNT plus local and out of market NBA action all season long.
The Blazers have six players listed on the NBA’s official injury report. Jusuf Nurkic (leg), Skal Labissiere (knee), Rodney Hood (Achilles), and Zach Collins (shoulder) are all out for Thursday’s game. CJ McCollum is questionable with an ankle sprain, and Hassan Whiteside sits at probable with a groin injury.
Supporters will want to check closer to tipoff to snag any late-breaking information.
Storyline to follow: Replacing Powell
Dwight Powell’s season-ending injury leaves a massive hole in the Dallas Mavericks rotation. Coach Carlisle needs to fill his 26.5 minutes per game. Fans will get their first glimpse at his plan on Jan. 23.
The Mavs have options. They could play small putting Dorian Finney-Smith or Justin Jackson at the four with Kristaps Porzingis or Maxi Kleber playing the five. Boban Marjanovic may enter the nightly rotation too. It will likely be a combination of those two things.
Help could be on the way shortly. It will be interesting to see which way the Mavericks go on that front.
The Smoking Cuban will be here with plenty more after the game including analysis and opinions, so supporters should check back to never miss the action.