The Dallas Mavericks had won four straight before dropping their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They rested both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on the second night of a back-to-back, but it was still a disappointing loss as they continue to try to climb the standings. The schedule is packed, so nobody had to wait long for a bounce-back opportunity.
The Mavs traveled to Denver to face the Nuggets on March 13. It was the second of a back-to-back for the Nuggets, so Dallas would be looking to take advantage in the Mile High City. They will have to do it a bit short-handed, though.
Forward James Johnson was ruled out for personal reasons, according to the NBA’s official injury report. Dallas will be without their enforcer. Johnson has played a limited role this season, but it could be a significant loss. Let us take a closer look at why.
Dallas Mavericks forward James Johnson is out vs. Nuggets
Dallas has split their two meetings with Denver this season. Johnson played nine minutes off the bench in the early January win where he chipped in seven points and one steal. In the second meeting, the veteran forward led the Mavericks in minutes off the bench with 30. He had 16 points as Dallas fell by four, despite having four players sidelined in the health and safety protocols.
James Johnson has proven he can be effective against the Nuggets. Coach Rick Carlisle will have one less option to use off the bench on Saturday night. It could open the door for rookie Josh Green to get a few minutes in Denver. The Mavericks are chasing the Nuggets in the standings, so expect them to push hard for the victory given their rest advantage.
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