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Mavericks: What to watch for as Kristaps Porzingis returns in Charlotte

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for as Kristaps Porzingis returns in Charlotte

The Dallas Mavericks had Monday’s game against the Pelicans postponed because of COVID-related issues. They traveled to Charlotte on Jan. 12 and are ready to face the Hornets on Wednesday evening.

The Mavs will be without five players because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Key rotation pieces Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson, and Dwight Powell are all out as they quarantine. Dallas will only have 12 healthy players on Wednesday, but Kristaps Porzingis is set to make his season debut to give the Mavs a boost.

Here is a look at how and what fans should be watching for in the Jan. 13 contest in Charlotte.

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Dallas Mavericks at Charlotte Hornets: How to watch

Start time: 6:00 p.m. CT or 7:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas Market), Fox Sports Southeast (Charlotte market)

Watch online: Fox Sports Go (Both local markets), NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks at Charlotte Hornets injury updates

The Mavs are without five players because of the protocols. Porzingis is the only other player on the NBA’s official injury report. He is listed as probable and is expected to play.

The Hornets will be without Cody Zeller because of a fractured hand. He is the only player on their injury list.

Fans should check back just before tipoff for any late-breaking injury information that becomes available.

Dallas Mavericks at Charlotte Hornets storyline to follow: KP’s debut

Kristaps Porzingis will make his season debut on Wednesday in Charlotte. The Unicorn will be a bit rusty and looking to find his jumper. Fans should expect him to make a massive impact, though. Porzingis is the Mavericks’ best rebounder, rim protector, and stretch five. He will get it done on both ends of the floor starting against Charlotte.

The Smoking Cuban will have plenty more from KP’s season debut plus all things Dallas Mavericks, so be sure to check back to the site after Wednesday’s game.

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