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Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs at Warriors

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks came out ice cold and lost to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Now, they face the red-hot Golden State Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back. A Mavs loss coupled with a Blazers win on April 27 will have Dallas back in the play-in tournament with just 11 games remaining in the regular season.

Luka Doncic and company need more energy and to shoot better to knock off the Dubs. The Warriors have won seven of their last nine games as Stephen Curry has been playing at an MVP level. The national audience comes in tonight for what could be a play-in tournament preview.

Here is a closer look at how and what to watch for in Tuesday’s game between the Mavericks and Warriors.

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Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors: How to watch

Start time: 8:30 p.m. CT or 9:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: TNT (national), NBC Sports Bay Area (Warriors market)

Watch online: TNT online (national), NBC Sports app (Warriors market)

Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors injury updates

The Mavs are on the second night of a back-to-back set, so they did not submit an official injury report. Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) and Josh Richardson (hamstring) have missed two straight games. J.J. Redick (heel) was out on Monday night against Sacramento. Maxi Kleber did not return in the second half versus the Kings. The Mavericks are banged up and could rest a few players on the second night of a back-to-back set.

The Warriors listed Kent Bazemore (health and safety), Damion Lee (health and safety), Klay Thompson (Achilles), and James Wiseman (knee) as out on their game notes for Tuesday’s game. Eric Paschall is questionable with a hip injury.

Fans should be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for all the latest injury updates before Tuesday’s contest.

Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors storyline to follow: Luka vs. Steph

Two MVP candidates will go head-to-head on April 27 with plenty of playoff implications. The Warriors are just 2.5 games behind Dallas for sixth in the Western Conference.

Stephen Curry has caught fire. He has broken records as he averaged 37.6 points and 6.5 3-pointers made over his 14 games. Curry plans on pushing the Warriors back into the playoffs and helping them make a run. Expect Golden State to come out strong on Tuesday night as they look to dominate the Mavericks.

Luka Doncic will need to be ready to counter. The 22-year-old superstar had 24 points on Monday night, but he struggled shooting from the field. The Mavericks need their superstar firing on all cylinders and to play with more energy versus the Dubs on April 27.

Fans will not want to miss a second of the action down the stretch. The Dallas Mavericks are in a tight race to avoid the play-in tournament and every game matters. There figures to be plenty of action and excitement. Be sure to check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks.

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