The Dallas Mavericks have lost two straight games to the LA Clippers to even their first-round playoff series. The home team is winless through four games, but the Clippers have all the momentum. Can Luka Doncic play spoiler and bounce back from his Game 4 struggles to lead his team to a third win in Los Angeles?
Coach Tyronn Lue has the Clippers playing small and attacking the rim. What does coach Rick Carlisle have up his sleeve on to counter? Does Dallas have an adjustment that can help them win Game 5?
Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so here is how and what to watch for on Wednesday evening.
Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 5: How to watch
Start time: 9:00 p.m. CT or 10:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: TNT (national), Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas market), Bally Sports SoCal (Clippers market)
Watch online: TNT Online, Bally Sports app (both local market)
Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 5 injury updates
The Mavs listed Luka Doncic (cervical strain) and Maxi Kleber (Achilles soreness) as probable for Game 5 on the NBA’s official injury report. Both are expected to play on Wednesday night. J.J. Redick remains out with an Achilles injury.
The Clippers listed Serge Ibaka as doubtful with back spasms. He has missed the last two games and is not expected to play on Wednesday night.
Fans should keep an eye out for updates and any late breaking news heading into Game 5.
Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers Game 5 storyline to watch: Luka and defense
The Mavs can win Game 5. Yes, Charles Barkley thinks they are done but Dallas won the first two games in Los Angeles. They need Luka Doncic to be unbelievable to make it happen. The 22-year-old superstar is battling a neck injury but has proven he is a top-five player in the NBA.
Dallas needs to help Doncic too. The Mavericks must hit open shots and step it up on the defensive end of the floor. Expect to see a few adjustments out of coach Rick Carlisle as they took to regain control of the series.
Do not miss Game 5 in Los Angeles. The Mavs return to Dallas for Game 6 on Friday. Hopefully, they have the lead in the series. Stay tuned.