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Mavericks: What to watch for as Dallas finishes two-game set with Blazers

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks struggled in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated them on Friday night. Superstar Luka Doncic had 38 points and produced some unbelievable no-look passes, but it was not enough. The Mavs allowed 125 points and dropped a heartbreaker in Portland.

The two teams are set to do battle again on Sunday night. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum will be leading the way for the Blazers. Both scored 30-plus on Friday night. Portland will be looking to make it a season sweep against Dallas on March 21.

Here is a closer look at how and what fans should for in Sunday’s game between the Mavericks and Trail Blazers.

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Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers: How to watch

Start time: 9:00 p.m. CT or 10:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas market), NBC Sports Northwest (Portland market)

Watch online: Fox Sports Go (Dallas market), NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers injury updates

The Mavs will be without Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety), James Johnson (health and safety), and Tyrell Terry (personal) on Sunday night. Dorian Finney-Smith missed the last two games but is set to return against Portland. The Mavericks will need him too.

The Blazers ruled out Jusuf Nurkic (calf) and Zach Collins (ankle) on the NBA’s official injury report. They are the only two players listed heading into Sunday.

Be sure to check Twitter for any late-breaking information before tipoff.

Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers storyline to follow: Luka and adjustments

Luka Doncic has been on fire. He had 42 points against the Clippers as the Mavericks blew them out in the second of a two-game set. Doncic followed it up with 38 against the Blazers. The 22-year-old superstar has had multiple scoring duels against Damian Lillard over the last two seasons, and fans should be ready for another one on Sunday night.

It will be a game of adjustments. The Mavericks made the right ones as they dominated the Clippers on Wednesday night. Can coach Rick Carlisle repeat the feat versus Portland? The return of Dorian Finney-Smith will be important. Fans will not want to miss this one, so please tune in and enjoy the action.

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