Dallas Mavericks: How the latest news impacts the team in Orlando

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Rick Carlisle (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Nikola Jokic (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Nikola Jokic should be ready to play: How it impacts the Dallas Mavericks

Jokic was not on the Nuggets plane to Orlando, but he expects to be ready to play once games begin. The two-time All-Star is recovering from the virus. He tested negative but needs to produce multiple results to get clearance to fly in. Jokic should be ready for their first game on Aug. 1. It will be a situation to monitor in the coming days, though.

The Mavericks and Nuggets do not square off in Orlando. Dallas trails Denver by four games in the standings. That is the difference between third and seventh in the west. Every game for both teams will be important.

The Nuggets are likely to hold onto the third seed. Dallas is hoping they defeat the Thunder and Jazz along the way. That improves the Mavericks chances of moving up. Expect the Nuggets to be favored in both games with a healthy Jokic.

Fans saw All-Star slimmed down significantly during the hiatus. It will be interesting to see what impact that has on Jokic’s game in Orlando. Mavs fans know he is an outstanding passer and playmaker. Does a lighter Jokic perform better on the defensive end? Tune in to the games in Orlando to find out.

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