Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for against Clippers in seeding game four

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for against the Clippers in the fourth seeding game

The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a win over the Sacramento Kings. Luka Doncic had a masterful 34-point triple-double to propel the Mavs to victory. Dallas is back at again against the LA Clippers on Thursday evening.

It is a playoff preview. The Clippers are nearly locked in as the second seed. Dallas is set to finish seventh meaning the two teams will square off in the opening round. The Clippers have won both previous meetings this season.

Luka Doncic and the Mavs will be ready on Thursday evening, though. Here is a look at how and what to watch for in that contest.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers: How to watch

Start time: 5:30 p.m. CT or 6:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: TNT (National), Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas, Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Los Angeles market)

Watch online: TNT Overtime, Fox Sports Go (Dallas and LA markets)

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers injury update

The Mavs will be without Dwight Powell and Courtney Lee for the rest of the season. Both Jalen Brunson and Willie Cauley-Stein did not travel to Orlando. The Maverick to keep an eye on is Seth Curry. He missed Dallas’ last game and is again listed as doubtful on the NBA’s official injury report.

The Clippers will be without Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell on Thursday. Beverley injured his calf in the team’s last game. Harrell is not currently in Orlando but plans to return. They are the only two Clippers listed on the injury report.

Be sure to check Twitter closer to tipoff for all the latest news on the game.

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers storyline to follow: Defending Doncic

The Clippers had success defending Luka Doncic in the first meeting between the two teams. They used a combination of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley to hold him to 22 points on four of 14 from the field. Doncic had 36 in the second meeting, but the Clippers did trio held their own.

Beverley will miss Thursday’s game. That means Kawhi and PG13 will have to step up the duties on Luka. That could play in Dallas’ favor. They are the Clippers’ two best offensive options. Wearing them down on defense could help the Mavericks.

This playoff preview is cannot miss for all Dallas Mavericks fans, so please tune in and enjoy on Aug. 6.

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