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

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to get back on track as they host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. It is the first of a back-to-back set for Dallas as the Lakers visit the American Airlines Center on April 22. The Mavs have lost two straight and five of seven. They need to bounce back if they are going to have any chance of moving up and avoiding the play-in tournament.

The Pistons have the third-worst record in the NBA, but they have won two of their last three games. Detroit is a young and hungry group that wants to prove they belong. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks cannot overlook them.

Here is a closer look at how and what to watch for on Wednesday night between the Mavs and the Pistons.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons How to watch

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT or 8:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Bally Sports Detroit-Plus (Pistons market)

Watch online: NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons injury updates

Tim Hardaway Jr. is listed as questionable with an illness on the NBA’s official injury report. Fans will have to watch his status closely as tipoff approaches. Tyrell Terry (personal) remains out for the Mavs.

The Pistons ruled out Killian Haynes (hip) and Rodney McGruder (elbow) for Wednesday’s game. Former Maverick Dennis Smith Jr. is listed as doubtful with knee injury. They are the only three players on Detroit’s official injury report.

Fans should be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for any late-breaking information, plus updates on THJ’s status.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons storyline to follow: Luka leads the way

The Mavs and Pistons have not faced off yet this season, and they only played once in the 2019-2020 campaign because of the NBA’s shutdown. Luka Doncic went off in the lone meeting for a 41-point triple-double in Mexico City. The Pistons had no answers for the Mavericks superstar.

The 22-year-old took the blame for the team’s struggles in their loss to the Kings. Expect him to bounce back massively on Wednesday night. It could be a 40-point triple-double night for Doncic.

Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks. There figures to be plenty of excitement down the stretch, so do not miss it.

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