Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs at Thunder

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks have lost two straight games as they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Superstar Luka Doncic sat out both games as the Mavs struggled to score. They need the 22-year-old back in the lineup to push their way out of the play-in as the regular season winds down.

The Thunder have also lost two straight as they are just beginning a rebuild. It is the perfect game for the Mavs to get back on track. Expect Dallas to come out strong on March 29.

Here is a look at how and what to watch for in Monday’s game between the Mavericks and Thunder.

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Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder: How to watch

Start time: 7:00 p.m. CT or 8:00 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 ruled Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety), J.J. Redick (heel), and Tyrell Terry (personal) on the NBA’s official injury report. They are the only three Mavericks listed meaning Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are both slated to return on Monday night.

The Thunder will be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot), Luguentz Dort (concussion), Darius Bazley (shoulder), and Mike Muscala (ankle) against the Mavericks. That is three starters on the sidelines. Oklahoma City also shut down Al Horford for the rest of the season to give more minutes to their young talent. Dallas will face an inexperienced but hungry Thunder squad on March 29.

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

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder storyline to follow: Luka’s return

The Mavs split the first two games against the Thunder this season, but Luka Doncic did not play in either. The 22-year-old superstar was rested in the final game before the All-Star break and was held out on the second night of a back-to-back on March 11.

Doncic should be eager to return to the court and get Dallas back in the win column in the final meeting of the season between the two teams. Expect a monster performance from the Mavericks’ best player as they look to dominate the Thunder on March 29. Do not miss a second of the action.

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