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Mavericks: What to watch for as Luka Doncic and Slovenia face Germany

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks have been watching closely as Luka Doncic has dominated Group C in the Olympics. The 22-year-old led Slovenia to three straight victories, including the latest over the reigning World Cup champions Spain where Doncic narrowly missed a triple-double. His country is among the medal favorites as the tournament shifts to the knockout stage.

Slovenia drew Germany in the quarterfinals. Luka and his countryman will be massive favorites in the contest on Monday night local time in Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki’s home country won just one of their three group stages games and lacks NBA firepower. Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga both come off the bench for the Germans as they will be looking to pull the upset over Slovenia.

Hopefully, the Mavericks will have already signed a marquee free agent by the time Luka takes the court in the quarters. When he does, fans should have their eyes glued to the screen. They know the 22-year-old performs his best when the lights are brightest, and Monday’s contest guarantees the winner a spot in a medal game. Here is how supporters can watch and more.

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Germany: How to watch

Start time: Aug. 2 at 8:00 p.m. CT or 9:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: Peacock

Watch online: NBC Olympics

Odds courtesy of WynnBET: Slovenia -1250, Germany +700

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Luka took a couple of hard falls against Spain, but he will be fully fit to face Germany. Slovenia comes in with all 12 players healthy and ready to contribute.

Germany also enters the contest fully fit. They won the qualifying tournament in Croatia to advance to Tokyo. The Germans are a young hungry team that is not reliant on NBA talent. They will be hungry for the upset in the first quarterfinal of the day.

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Luka Doncic has not hidden the fact that bringing an Olympic medal back to his native country would give him immense joy. Slovenia has a population of just 2.1 million or less than the DFW. Doncic is undefeated in 16 games when representing his country. They plan on making it 17 against Germany.

Slovenia is difficult to stop. Luka will be running the show with Mike Tobey as his primary roll man. The duo is surrounded by shooters that are capable of stepping up and knocking down open shots. Slovenia scored 329 points in their three group stage games combined which tops the tournament.

A win puts Luka Doncic and his country in the semifinals and guarantees at least a place in the bronze medal game. Expect the 22-year-old to go off as he looks to lift Slovenia to another win. Dallas Mavericks fans will not want to miss a second of the action, and they can check back to The Smoking Cuban for plenty more after the game.

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