Is Luka Doncic playing tonight? Mavericks vs Bulls injury update for April 7

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has made it clear that he plans to play as long as his team can reach the postseason. Their slim hopes are still alive, but LD is back on the injury report ahead of Friday’s game against the Bulls.

It is a massive contest as the teams have identical records with two games to play in the regular season. They are tied for the tenth-worst record coming in, which means a win significantly decreases the Mavericks' odds of keeping their pick, and they need a Grizzlies victory over Oklahoma City on the final day of the regular season to have any hope of reaching the postseason. The Bulls appear to be resting multiple players on Friday night, and Dallas countered by resting some of their own.

Will Luka play on April 7? Here is a look at two reasons why fans should expect him to have a monster performance before looking at what is ahead for Dallas.

Luka Doncic’s status for Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls on April 7

Doncic will play on Friday night. The Mavericks' postseason hopes are still alive, which means number 77 expects to be in the lineup. He will have a bit of extra motivation on Friday night as multiple guests are visiting from Slovenia. Expect LD to put on a show in front of his countryman.

Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. Chicago Bulls on April 7

Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, and Christian Wood were all ruled out on Friday afternoon. The Mavs made their intentions clear ahead of tipoff.

Lonzo Ball and Justin Lewis were ruled out with knee injuries and Chicago is resting Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Patrick Beverley. Alex Caruso remains questionable.

Luka Doncic's injury history

Doncic has been no stranger to injuries in his five years in the NBA, but he is currently healthy. If Luka misses Friday’s game against the Bulls, it is because the team shut him down in hopes of keeping their top ten protected first-round draft pick this summer.

Dallas Mavericks' remaining regular season schedule

The Mavs wrap up the regular season on Sunday afternoon against the rival Spurs. San Antonio will be more than happy to lose that game, which means Luka Doncic and the Mavericks' postseason hopes will likely lie with the Memphis Grizzlies. Does Memphis rest their players against OKC? Do the Grizzlies push to win to help the Mavericks? Who knows, but it will be fascinating to watch. Here is a look at the specifics of Mavs versus Spurs on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, April 9 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 2:30 p.m. CT

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