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The Dallas Mavericks have won three straight games after dropping their season opener. Superstar Luka Doncic has scored 25-plus in all three as he looks to help his team grab homecourt in the Western Conference this year.

The Mavs face a difficult test on Friday night as they travel to Colorado to battle the Denver Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back. Dallas had to come from 20 points down to top the Spurs in Thursday’s game, and it will be interesting to see how much they have left in the tank to face the Nuggets.

There are plenty of injury questions heading into this contest. Here is a closer look at the latest report, plus how and what fans should be watching for on Oct. 29.

Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets: How to watch

Start time: Oct. 29 at 9:00 p.m. CT or 10:00 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN (National), Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavs local market), Altitude (Denver market)

Watch online: Watch ESPN

Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets: Injury updates

The Mavs have not submitted an official report because they are on the second night of a back-to-back, but Kristaps Porzingis (back), Sterling Brown (ankle), Boban Marjanovic (back), and Trey Burke (health and safety protocols) all missed Thursday’s game versus the Spurs.

Coach Kidd noted that KP would be reevaluated before tipoff in Denver, and Burke is set to return on Friday night. The other two players should be considered questionable at best.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is questionable to face Dallas with a knee injury after he banged knees with Rudy Gobert in Denver’s last game. The Nuggets ruled out Jamal Murray (knee) and Vlatko Cancar (hip) on the league’s official injury report.

Fans should check Twitter just before tipoff for updates on the Mavericks injuries and to find out the status of the Nuggets superstar.

Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets storyline to watch: Luka and THJ

This is the Mavs first back-to-back set of the 2021-2022 season, so it will be interesting to see how they respond. Luka Doncic and company know that the Nuggets will be near the top of the Western Conference this year, so Dallas should not lack motivation in Friday’s contest.

Luka Doncic destroyed the Nuggets last season. He had 38 points and fell one rebound shy of a triple-double in the Jan. 7 meeting and produced 35-16-11 with four steals in the Jan. 25 matchup. Expect another monster performance for number 77 on Oct. 29.

Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled in Thursday’s game versus the Spurs, and he will be looking to bounce back in Denver. Expect the Mavs to get him a few open looks in the early going, and it could result in a massive game from THJ.

Fans will not want to miss Friday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets. It is a nationally televised broadcast on ESPN to add even more motivation. Fans should be sure to get a nap in, so they can enjoy the entire game.

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