Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic wants to win. He is not happy that the team is currently headed to the lottery, and he plans to do everything in his power to try to save their season. Dallas has lost three straight and seven of their last games as things have fallen apart down the stretch. Still, the 24-year-old is chasing a spot in the Play-In Tournament, the scoring title, and chemistry with Kyrie Irving.
The Mavs have a three-game homestand to close the regular season, and it starts on Wednesday as the Sacramento Kings visit Dallas. After the Thunder lost on Tuesday night, the Mavericks are just 0.5 games back of tenth, so they will be pushing for a win on April 5. The Kings have one of the best offenses in the league, so fans should expect a shootout.
Will Luka play against the Kings on Wednesday night? What should fans expect? Here is a closer look.
Luka Doncic’s status for Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings on April 5
When Luka was asked after practice on April 4 about shutting down, he was clear about his plans for playing on Wednesday.
"No, I’m playing tomorrow. When there is still a chance, I’m going to play."
Expect Doncic to play 40-plus minutes as Dallas tries its best to grab a win and keep its slim postseason hopes alive.
Dallas Mavericks' full injury report vs. Sacramento Kings on April 5
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are both playing on Wednesday night. The team continues to ponder shutting them down for the rest of the season, and a loss against the Kings would open the door for Dallas to do just that.
The Kings ruled out Matthew Dellavedova with a finger injury, but he is the only player on their official injury report.
Luka Doncic's injury history
Doncic has dealt with several injuries throughout his five-year NBA career, but he is currently healthy. If Luka misses this game, 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 have just two games remaining after Wednesday night. They host the Bulls on Friday and the Spurs on Sunday. Both are winnable contests, but Dallas will need to play better defense to make that a reality. Here are the specifics on their final two games.
Friday, April 7 vs. Chicago Bulls at 7:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 9 vs. San Antonio Spurs at 2:30 p.m. CT