Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs at Grizzlies
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks have won four straight games as they look to close the season strong and avoid the play-in tournament. Luka Doncic has been hot as the team is playing its best basketball at the right time. They have won ten of 12 as the 22-year-old superstar continues to expand his game.
The Mavs face the Memphis Grizzlies on May 11. Luka nailed an unbelievable game-winner in the last meeting between the two teams. Dallas won both meetings so far this season. Memphis is young and hungry, though.
There is plenty on the line on Tuesday night as both teams fight for playoff seeding. Here is how and what to watch for as the Grizzlies host the Mavericks.
Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies: 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 Southeast (Memphis market)
Watch online: Bally Sports app (both local markets), NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies injury updates
The Mavs ruled out Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and Tyrell Terry (personal) on the NBA’s official injury report. KP is out on Tuesday, but the Mavs are hoping he returns on Wednesday night versus the Pelicans. Dallas listed Maxi Kleber as questionable for Tuesday’s game with an Achilles injury. He has missed four straight, but is also nearing a return to the court. Coach Carlisle noted that Kleber practiced on Monday in Memphis.
The Grizzlies did not release an official injury report because they are on the second night of a back-to-back set. Memphis was without Grayson Allen (abdominal) and Sean McDermott (foot) on Monday night. Expect changes heading into Tuesday’s game.
Fans should be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for all the latest on both teams heading into the crucial game on May 11.
Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies storyline to follow: Luka vs. Memphis
The Grizzlies have used Dillion Brooks to guard Luka Doncic this season. The Memphis wing is one of the most underrated defenders in the league. He held Luka to 21 points on eight of 18 shooting from the field in the first meeting. Doncic had 29 on 20 field-goal tries in the last meeting, including his game-winning buzzer-beater. The Mavericks superstar will be looking to get the upper hand again on May 11.
The Grizzlies are in a tight battle with the Golden State Warriors for eight and ninth in the Western Conference. Grabbing a spot in the seven versus eight game is massive as you have to lose two straight to miss the playoffs. Memphis will be looking for a win on Tuesday night on their home floor.
The Dallas Mavericks want to avoid the play-in altogether. They can virtually lock up that chance with a win and a Lakers loss on May 11. There will be plenty of watch for in both games, so do not miss a second of the action. Dallas want to win their fifth straight and keep the pedal down on their current run. Be sure to tune in for what should be a fun and exciting game at the FedExForum. Do not miss it.