Luka Doncic to rest against Rockets: Who steps up for Dallas Mavericks?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is leading the league in scoring after 13 games, and he is the hunt to win MVP. The 23-year-old has been sensational, but he is carrying a massive workload. Doncic has the third-highest usage rate in NBA history, and he is already feeling tired after a long summer of basketball with the Slovenian National Team.

Dallas needed a massive performance from number 77 to defeat the rival Clippers on Tuesday night, and Doncic delivered. He had a 35-point double-double in a wild win that saw the Mavericks blow a 25-point lead. Luka drilled the dagger late in the fourth quarter to cap another incredible performance to open the 2022-23 season.

With the Mavs on the second night of a back-to-back, they decided to rest Luka Doncic against the Rockets on Nov. 16. It will be his first missed game of the season, so who steps up for the Mavericks as they look for their third straight win?

Luka Doncic to rest against Rockets: Who steps up for Dallas Mavericks?

The Mavs only have two trusted playmakers on their roster, so Spencer Dinwiddie will have to handle a massive workload on Wednesday night. Expect him to be the leading scorer and take over Luka’s role against the Rockets.

Facundo Campazzo will handle the backup point guard minutes on Nov. 16. The veteran has played just 16 total minutes with the Mavericks this season, but he will get his chance to shine against Houston. Expect to see a few highlight reel passes when the veteran playmaker is on the floor.

Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway Jr. will need to pick up the scoring slack. Dallas will be without Luka’s 34 points per game, so they are going to need every point they can muster on Wednesday night.

Maxi Kleber (back) and JaVale McGee (neck) will also miss Wednesday's game against the Rockets. The Mavs will be shorthanded, and others will have to step up.

The Dallas Mavericks are still favored to top the Rockets, even without Luka Doncic in the lineup as Houston has won just once in their last ten contests. Can the Mavs make it three straight wins by defeating the Rockets on Wednesday night? Be sure to tune in to find out.

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