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Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs vs. Jazz

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks face the Utah Jazz on Monday night. One team’s winning streak will end inside the American Airlines Center. Superstar Luka Doncic has led the Mavs to four-straight victories, but Utah has been victorious in nine consecutive. Who gets the upper hand on April 5?

The Jazz dominated the first two meetings this season. Dallas did not have their preferred starting five in either game, but Utah is 38-11 on the year for a reason. Expect an exciting showdown on Monday night.

Here is a look at how and what to watch for as the Mavericks host the Jazz.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz: How to watch

Start time: 6:00 p.m. CT or 7:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah market)

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

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz injury updates

The Mavs have Kristaps Porzingis (wrist) and Josh Richardson (calf) listed as questionable on the NBA’s official injury report. Both players missed the team’s last game. Dallas will be without J.J. Redick (heel), Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety), and Tyrell Terry (personal) against the Jazz.

Utah ruled out Udoka Azubuike (ankle), Elijah Hughes (illness), and Juwan Morgan (calf) for Monday’s game. They are the only three players listed on their official injury report.

Be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for updates on KP and JRich, plus any late-breaking injury information that crops up.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz storyline to follow: Defending Gobert

Luka Doncic had 30 and 25 points on over 51 percent shooting from the field in the first two matchups, but Dallas lost by double-digits in both games. Utah gained a massive advantage on the glass, and the Mavericks have no answers for Rudy Gobert.

Gobert had 29 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks in the first meeting before dropping 17 and 12 as an encore. The 7’1 big man has dominated the paint and propelled the Jazz to two dominant wins over Dallas.

What can the Mavericks do to slow him down? Will Boban Marjanovic get a chance to guard Gobert on Monday night? Can he keep him off the glass and give Dallas a chance to win? Expect coach Rick Carlisle to change things up on April 5. Slowing down Rudy Gobert could be the key to a Dallas Mavericks victory at the American Airlines Center. Fans will not want to miss it, so please tune in and enjoy the game.

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