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

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in game one against the LA Clippers

The Dallas Mavericks are set for their first playoff game since game five of their first-round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016. A lot has changed for Dallas since then. Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki retired. They acquired Luka Doncic to be the face of the franchise. Then, traded for Kristaps Porzingis and filled out the roster with steady role players to become contenders again.

The plan has worked as Dallas is back in the postseason. A difficult matchup awaits, though. The LA Clippers are one of the title favorites. They have won all three meetings against the Mavs this season too.

The game should offer plenty of excitement. It will be the first NBA playoff experience for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. That alone should have fans excited. Here is a look at how and what to watch for in game one.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers game one: How to watch

Start time: 8:00 p.m. CT or 9:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN (National), Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas

Watch online: Watch ESPN, Fubo.tv (carries ESPN) 

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers game one injury update

The Mavs have Dwight Powell and Courtney Lee in the bubble, but both players are out for the season. Kristaps Porzingis is listed as probable on the NBA’s official injury report with a heel injury. He is the only other Maverick on there.

The Clippers listed Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, and Montrezl Harrell as questionable. Harrell will be just clearing quarantine. The other two are recovering from injuries.

Be sure to check closer to tipoff for all the latest on the injury report.

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers game one storyline to follow: Doncic vs. Kawhi

Anytime two of the top ten players in the league battle, it is going to be exciting. Three of them are taking part in this game. Luka Doncic will be leading the Mavs against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the Clippers. Expect Leonard to spend more time guarding Luka, though.

Doncic averaged 29.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists against the Clippers this season. He has not shot the ball well, though. Expect them to try to force the ball out of Luka’s hands during Monday’s game. Doncic going off could be the difference. Fans can read the Mavericks keys to victory here.

Kawhi has shredded the Mavericks this season. He averages 31.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Slowing him down will be important too.

Fans are not going to want to miss a second of the action, so please tune in and enjoy the game. It is another step in the Dallas Mavericks return to title contention. Do not miss it.

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