Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs at Thunder

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks faced the Oklahoma City Thunder in the final game before the All-Star break on March 3. Superstar Luka Doncic was out with a nagging injury as the Mavs picked up the 87-78 victory on their home floor.

The two teams will do battle again on March 11. It is Oklahoma City’s first game back from the All-Star break. Dallas defeated the San Antonio Spurs behind a historic triple-double from Luka on Wednesday night. Will playing on the second night of a back-to-back be enough to slow down the scorching hot Mavs?

Here is a closer look at how and what to watch for in Thursday’s game between the Mavs and Thunder.

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Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder: How to watch

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

How to watch: Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Fox Sports Oklahoma (Thunder market)

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

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder injury updates

The Mavs are on the second night of a back-to-back, so there is no official injury report until close to tipoff. Fans should watch the status of Kristaps Porzingis as Dallas could decide to rest the Unicorn to manage his knee.

The Thunder listed George Hill (thumb), Trevor Ariza (not with team), Hamidou Diallo (groin), and Josh Hall (knee) as out for Thursday’s game against the Mavericks on the NBA’s official injury report.

Fans should be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for updates and any late-breaking information.

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder storyline to follow: Luka and KP staying hot

After a bit of a slow start, the Mavs dominated the second half on Wednesday night. Both of their star players shined against the Spurs. Luka Doncic had 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in the win. Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

The Mavericks have a high ceiling when both are playing well. The duo was making plays all over the court and forcing the defense to make difficult decisions as Dallas outscored San Antonio by 18 in the final 24 minutes on Wednesday night.

Can Luka and KP stay hot against the Thunder? Dallas Mavericks supporters are hoping so. Stay tuned for all the latest on your favorite, plus unmatched analysis. Do not miss it.

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