Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs at Pistons

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks continue their wild week against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Luka Doncic has lifted his team to four wins in their last five games, including a dominating victory over the Warriors last time out.

The Mavs will be looking to take the season series from the Pistons on Thursday night. Detroit is lottery-bound and resting multiple players against Dallas. Hopefully, the Mavericks take advantage as they try to avoid the play-in tournament.

Here is a closer look at how and what fans should be watching for on Thursday night in Detroit.

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Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons: How to watch

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

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

Watch online: Bally Sports app (both local markets), NBA League Pass

Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons injury updates

The Mavs have six players listed on the NBA’s official injury report heading into Thursday’s game. The jam-packed slate is having an impact. Luka Doncic (elbow), Kristaps Porzingis (ankle), Josh Richardson (hamstring), Dorian Finney-Smith (leg), and J.J. Redick (heel) are all questionable to face the Pistons. Tyrell Terry was ruled out with Maxi Kleber listed as available.

The Pistons ruled out six players for Thursday’s game. Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Wayne Ellington, Cory Joseph, Rodney McGruder, and former Maverick Dennis Smith Jr. will all be on the sidelines versus Dallas. Detroit will be extremely short-handed on April 29.

The Pistons have opened the door for the Mavs to rest some of their starters. Be on your toes to see if that is what the organization decides to do in this stretch of eight games in 12 days.

Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons storyline to follow: Luka staying hot

Doncic had 39 points in three quarters against the Warriors on Tuesday night. He was not going to let the Mavericks lose. The 22-year-old will be looking to stay hot against the Pistons on Thursday night. Dallas has a back-to-back this weekend, so winning in Detroit is a must.

Expect the Dallas Mavericks to be short-handed on April 29. They have to win to keep pace in the race to avoid the play-in tournament. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so stay tuned.

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