How Kevin Durant being out impacts the Dallas Mavericks in NBA Orlando

Dallas Mavericks Kevin Durant (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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How Kevin Durant’s injury impacts Dallas Mavericks: Potential matchup?

The NBA has yet to release the schedule for the regular season games remaining in Orlando. Vincent Goodwill reported that the league will use the games that remained on the original schedule as a guide. Obviously, that does not work in every case because eight teams will not be taking part. Even skipping those teams would not get it done.

The Mavericks and Nets were scheduled to play one more time in the regular season. It would not be one of Dallas’ first eight games against teams heading to Orlando, but the matchup could still happen. Fans will not know until the official schedule is released.

The Mavs are hoping it is one of their games. Dallas should be favored in that matchup. They need as many wins as possible to move up in the standings before the playoffs. The Mavericks are currently seventh in the Western Conference but have significant room to improve. The third-seeded Utah Jazz are just four games up right now.

Dallas won the lone regular season meeting between the Mavs and Nets this season. Luka Doncic dropped 31 points as they took the 123-111 victory in front of their home crowd. Expect the Mavericks to repeat the feat if the two meet in Orlando.

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