The Dallas Mavericks dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers at the American Airlines Center on Friday night. Luka Doncic made history by being the fastest Maverick to score 5,000 career points. Dallas also clinched their division with the win.
The two teams do battle in Cleveland on May 9. The Cavaliers will be looking for a bit of revenge as Dallas attempts to hang on to fifth in the Western Conference.
Fans should expect plenty of fireworks on Sunday evening. Here is a closer look at how and what to watch for on May 9.
Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers: 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 Ohio (Cleveland market)
Watch online: Bally Sports app (both local markets), NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers injury updates
Maxi Kleber has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game on the NBA’s official injury report. He has missed the last three games with an Achilles injury. Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and Tyrell Terry (personal) remain out.
The Cavaliers have seven players listed on the injury report. Kevin Love is questionable with a knee injury. Darius Garland (ankle), Larry Nance Jr. (thumb), Matthew Dellavedova (neck), Taurean Prince (ankle), Dylan Windler (knee), and Lamar Stevens (concussion) are all out versus the Mavericks.
Be sure to check Twitter before tipoff for any late-breaking information and updates on the questionable players.
Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers storyline to follow: Taking care of business
The Mavs need every win to avoid the play-in tournament. They have five regular-season games remaining. Dallas has a two-game advantage on the Los Angeles Lakers, who sit seventh in the Western Conference. Only the top six teams advance directly to the playoffs. In the play-in,seven plays eight with the winner grabbing the seventh seed. The loser faces the winner of the nine against ten game for the final spot. The Mavericks want no part of that chaos.
To avoid it, Luka Doncic and company need to take care of business down the stretch. The Cavaliers are headed for the lottery. The Mavericks need to make it a repeat of Friday night and earn a comfortable victory.
Fans will not want to miss the game on May 9. There are plenty of playoff implications for the Dallas Mavericks, so do not miss it.