Mavericks odds: What does Luka Doncic have in store against the Heat?
The Dallas Mavericks travel to Miami to take on the Heat on Feb. 28. Can Jimmy Butler and his teammates slow down Luka Doncic?
The Dallas Mavericks opened their four-game road trip with a win in San Antonio. Luka Doncic suffered a thumb injury, but still produced a 26-point triple-double in the victory. He is impossible to stop. Teams are hoping to just slow him down at this point.
The Mavs face the Miami Heat on Friday night. The Heat are fantastic at home but have struggled in recent games. Expect Jimmy Butler to led them against Dallas.
Here is everything fans need to know about that game.
Friday’s action gets underway at 8:00 p.m. ET or 7:00 local time in Dallas.
How to watch
Mavericks fans in Dallas should tune in on Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas. Local Heat supporters can enjoy the action on Fox Sports Sun.
Hulu Live has all the action for fans in the local markets. National viewers should check out NBA League Pass.
The Mavericks will be without Jalen Brunson (shoulder) and Dwight Powell (Achilles) according the NBA’s official injury report. Luka Doncic is listed as questionable with a thumb injury, but is expecting to play. Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) is also questionable. Coach Carlisle noted that he is unlikely to play until at least Monday.
The Heat have listed Tyler Herro, Meyers Leonard, and Kyle Alexander as out. Bam Adebayo is probable with an ankle sprain.
Be sure to check Twitter for the latest updates prior to tipoff.
Storyline to follow: Slowing down Doncic
Luka Doncic has played in four games since returning from an ankle injury. Over that time, he is averaging 28.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game. Doncic is playing some of his best basketball of the season despite dealing with a few injuries.
The Heat are likely to use Jimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn to try to slow down Luka on Friday night. It is Doncic’s 21st birthday, so he could have a bit of extra motivation to go off. Expect a memorable game from the Mavs star.
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