Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for against the Suns in the second seeding game
The Dallas Mavericks opened their seeding games with a heartbreaking overtime loss to Houston Rockets on Friday evening. It was a high-scoring affair. The Mavs struggled down the stretch again. Fans can read the five takeaways from that game here.
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks are back in action on Sunday evening against the Phoenix Suns. They are one of three teams that passed on drafted Doncic in 2018. The Suns are building an exciting young core around Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, though.
Let us take a look at how and what to watch for in the Aug. 2 game between the Mavericks and Suns.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns: How to watch
Start time: 8:00 p.m. CT or 9:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas, Fox Sports- Arizona (Phoenix market)
Watch online: Fox Sports Go (Dallas & Phoenix markets), NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns injury update
The Mavs are without four players for the season’s restart. Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Courtney Lee, and Willie Cauley-Stein will not play in Orlando. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is also likely to be inactive as he works on his conditioning after arriving at Walt Disney World late.
Kelly Oubre Jr. has a knee injury is likely to miss Sunday’s game. The Suns appear healthy other than the forward.
Be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for all the late-breaking news on this game.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns storyline to follow: Duos battle
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are one of the top duos in the NBA. Fans can read my ranking here. One tandem that was not mentioned is the Suns’ pair of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Both players are under 24. Phoenix hopes they blossom into an elite duo.
It will provide plenty of tasty matchups during Sunday’s game. Expect Ayton and Porzingis to go head-to-head nearly all night. Doncic and Booker should go matchup plenty too.
Mavericks fans should expect monster performances from their stars. Luka had one of the two highest-scoring games of his season against the Suns. He will have the added motivation from the Rockets loss too. Phoenix should be on notice. Luka Doncic is likely to go off.