Dallas Mavericks: What to watch for in Mavs at Clippers Game 1

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks face the LA Clippers for the second straight year in the first round playoffs. The series kicks off on May 22 at the Staples Center.

There are plenty of questions heading into the series. Can Luka Doncic led the Mavs to the second round for the first time since 2011? Does Dallas have anyone that can slow down Kawhi Leonard? What adjustments will coach Rick Carlisle make?

It all kicks off with Game 1 on Saturday afternoon. Here is a look at how and what to watch for on May 22.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 1: How to watch

Start time: 3:30 p.m. CT or 4:30 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN (national), Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Bally Sports SoCal (Clippers market)

Watch online: Watch ESPN, Bally Sports app (both local market)

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 1 injury updates

The Mavericks listed Maxi Kleber as probable for Game 1 on the NBA’s official injury report. Coach Rick Carlisle seemed hopeful he would be ready to face the Clippers in his post-practice press conference. J.J. Redick is unlikely to play in the first round with a heel injury.

The Clippers have a clean injury report heading into the playoff opener.

Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 1 storyline to watch: Luka vs. Kawhi

The Mavs won two of the three regular-season meetings against the Clippers. Luka Doncic was outstanding versus LA. He dropped 42 points in the final matchup as Dallas won by 16. The Mavericks will need a special performance from their superstar to win Game 1 and take homecourt away from the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard did not play in the final two regular-season games, but he has dominated the Mavericks. The five-time All-Star averaged 32.8 points per game during last year’s playoff series win. The Klaw will be ready to go in Game 1 against the Mavs.

It will be a heavyweight fight between the two superstars. Expect plenty of fireworks from both sides. Fans will not want to miss Saturday’s game, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.

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