Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for as Mavs host Celtics

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Superstar Luka Doncic led the way as the Mavs dominated the Grizzlies with defense. It was an impressive win after not playing in over a week.

The Mavericks will take the floor again on Feb. 23 against the Boston Celtics. They look to get back to .500 against a Celtics squad that has lost two of their last three. Boston is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference and looking to move up after a slow start.

It is an important game for both teams. Here is a look at how and what to watch for on Tuesday night.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics: How to watch

Start time: 6:30 p.m. CT or 7:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: TNT (national), NBC Sports Boston (Celtics market)

Watch online: TNT Drama (national)

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics injury updates

Mavs fans will be watching the injury report closely leading up to tipoff. Kristaps Porzingis missed Monday’s game with a back injury. Maxi Kleber injured his ankle in the fourth quarter versus the Grizzlies. The status of both players is uncertain for Tuesday night.

The Mavericks will be without Tyrell Terry, Tyler Bey, Josh Green, and Nate Hinton as they are all playing in the G League bubble in Orlando.

Boston listed Marcus Smart (calf) and Romeo Langford (wrist) as out on the NBA’s official injury report. They are their only two players listed.

Fans should be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for status updates on KP and Maxi, plus any late-breaking news.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics storyline to follow: Luka vs. Tatum

Two of the best young stars in the league will square off on Tuesday night inside the American Airlines Center. Luka Doncic will be looking to lead his team to a second straight victory as he takes on Jayson Tatum and the Celtics.

The two only had one meeting last season as Luka sat out with an ankle injury in the December showdown. Doncic had 34 points and nine assists, but Tatum got the last laugh as the Celtics picked up the win. It was one of Tatum’s worst shooting nights of his career. He finished with five points on one of 18 from the field.

Expect both stars to go off on Tuesday night. The Dallas Mavericks are on the second of a back-to-back, so it could turn ugly. The Celtics are without Smart, so they will need a strong gameplan to slow down Luka Doncic. Fans will not want to miss it.

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