The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings where both Luka Doncic and coach Rick Carlisle were tossed late. The 22-year-old will be suspended for one game if he receives another technical foul during the final eight regular-season games.
The Mavs will be looking to wash the poor taste from their mouths on May 4 against the Miami Heat. Jimmy Butler and company have won three straight and seven of their last nine. There are massive playoff implications on Tuesday night in Miami.
Here is a closer look at how and what fans should be watching for on May 4 as the Mavericks invade AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat: How to watch
Start time: 7:00 p.m. CT or 8:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Bally Sports Sun (Miami market)
Watch online: Bally Sports app (both local markets), NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat injury updates
Mavs fans will be watching the status of Kristaps Porzingis closely. The Unicorn has missed two straight and five of the last six games. He is listed as doubtful on the NBA’s official injury report with knee soreness. Maxi Kleber (Achilles) is questionable and Tyrell Terry remains out.
The Heat will be without Tyler Herro (foot) and Victor Oladipo (knee) on May 4. Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable with a hip ailment.
Fans will want to check Twitter just before tipoff for all the latest on the injuries for both teams.
Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat storyline to follow: Play-in pressure
Both teams are trying hard to avoid the play-in tournament over the final two weeks of the season. The Mavericks are looking to gain a half-game edge over both the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. Dallas is the only team playing on Tuesday night, so they can gain a bit of ground.
The Heat are currently sixth, but just one game ahead of the Boston Celtics. No team wants to be part of the play-in tournament. Remember, only the top six teams advance directly to the playoffs this year. Teams seven through ten in each conference are in the play-in. Seven faces eight with the winner taking the seventh seed. The loser faces the winner of the nine versus ten battle for the final playoff position.
There will be plenty of the line on Tuesday night. The Dallas Mavericks won the first meeting against the Heat this season behind Luka Doncic going off for 27 points and 15 rebounds. Expect another master performance from the 22-year-old on May 4, and do not miss it.