The Dallas Mavericks are struggling in the Las Vegas Summer League so far. They dropped their first two games. It started with a blowout at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. Dallas lost a heartbreaker to the Utah Jazz as two starters went down with injuries. Tyrell Terry was expected to be the Mavericks leader in Vegas, but his groin injury could hold him out for the remainder of the event.
The Mavs are back in action on Saturday afternoon as they face the Denver Nuggets. It has been a rough start for the Nuggets in Vegas. They have lost their first three games, including two blowouts. Bol Bol is leading the charge for Denver and promises to put on a show against the undersized Mavericks.
The Mavs will be looking for their first win in Las Vegas this year. Here is a look at how to watch, the injury report, and a storyline to follow in Saturday’s contest.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets in summer league: How to watch
Start time: Aug. 14 at 2:00 p.m. CT or 3:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: NBA TV
Watch online: Mavs.com (local), ESPN app (national)
Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets in summer league: Injury updates
Both Terry and Tariq Owens were injured in the Mavs loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The team has not offered an update on either player, but consider them questionable at best to face the Nuggets. Dallas will likely hold both players out in this summer league contest.
Denver has dealt with health and safety protocol issues in Vegas. First-round pick Nah’Shon Hyland missed the first game but has played in each of the last two. The Nuggets signed extra players to be able to fill the spots and have a massive roster. Who they decide to play on Saturday afternoon will be something to watch.
Injury updates in the summer league can be hard to get, so be sure to check Twitter just before tipoff for all the latest.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Denver Nuggets in summer league storyline to watch: Omoruyi time
Eugene Omoruyi has been one of the Mavs’ best players in Las Vegas. The 6’6 wing went for 16 points and six rebounds in the opener against Philly. He followed it up with 16 and eight versus the Jazz on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old is a versatile defender that would help the Texas Legends on both ends of the floor this season.
Omoruyi is going to have more offensive responsibility if both Tyrell Terry and Tariq Owens are out. He is the favorite to earn the Mavericks’ second two-way contract, and fans should be watching him closely on Saturday afternoon.
The Dallas Mavericks will be looking for their first win of the year in Las Vegas on Aug. 14. Expect a close contest with both teams hungry for a victory. Check back to The Smoking Cuban for plenty more at the contest, plus daily opinions and analysis on the Mavs.