The Dallas Mavericks are back on their home floor to face the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. Superstar Luka Doncic will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury as the Mavs look to make it two straight wins.
The Hornets will be shorthanded on Dec. 13 as they have four players out in the health and safety protocols. They won their last game, but have dropped five of seven. Expect the Hornets to play fast and try to wear down the Mavs on the second night of a back-to-back.
Dallas has a chance to get back over .500 on Monday night, and fans won’t want to miss it, so here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets: How to watch
Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT or 8:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavs local market), Bally Sports Southeast (Hornets local market)
Watch online: NBA League Pass
Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets: Injury report
The Mavs have not released an official injury report, but Luka Doncic will not play on Monday night. Willie Cauley-Stein is also likely to be out with Sterling Brown questionable as he works his way back from a foot injury.
The Hornets are without LaMelo Ball, Jaden McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, and Ish Smith as all four are in the health and safety protocols. Charlotte is light at the point guard position and will have to rely on a committee approach.
Fans should be sure to check social media just before tipoff to get updates on the Mavericks and any late-breaking news on the contest.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Mavs are 2.5-point favorites on their home floor, and they are minus-135 on the moneyline. The over/under for the contest is 217.5 on Monday night.
The Mavericks over/under is 110.0, which they have not topped in the five games without Luka Doncic this season.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Charlotte Hornets predictions
The Mavs defeated the Thunder without Luka Doncic on Sunday night, but asking for two straight wins is a tall task. Expect Dallas to lose a low-scoring game that goes under 217.5. The Hornets' rest advantage will outweigh playing shorthanded on Dec. 13.
Jalen Brunson takes advantage of Charlotte’s point guard situation by scoring 20 points, but it is not enough as the Hornets grab the victory.
Fans should be sure to check back to The Smoking Cuban after the game for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks.