The Dallas Mavericks are likely to be without superstar Luka Doncic for the second straight game of their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz as he continues to recover from a calf strain. Luka is officially listed as doubtful, but it seems farfetched at this point that he would play. The 23-year-old is progressing and has done some on-court work the last three days, but he is just not ready for game action.
The Jazz took Game 1 as they dominated the glass and forced the Mavs into difficult shots. Dallas had a strong defensive performance, but it was not enough in the low scoring series opener.
Fans are not going to want to miss Game 2 as the Mavericks need a win to avoid going down 0-2 at home to the Jazz. Here is a look at how to watch, the odds, and more.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz: How to watch Game 2
Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT or 8:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: NBA TV (national), Bally Sports Southwest Dallas (Mavericks local market), AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Jazz local market)
Watch online: NBA TV
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Game 2 injury report
The Mavs have Luka Doncic officially listed as doubtful heading into Monday night’s Game 2, but he is not expected to play. Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) and Frank Ntilikina (illness) are both out for the second straight game.
Utah ruled out Trent Forrest (foot) and Udoka Azubuike (ankle) for Monday’s game. They are the only two players listed on the official injury report.
Be sure to check social media for all the latest, including updates on Luka’s status.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Game 2 odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Mavericks are 5.0-point underdogs at home in Game 2. They sit at plus-180 on the moneyline, and the over/under for the contest is 205.5.
WynnBet has all the props, including getting plus-105 odds on Dorian Finney-Smith scoring more than 13.5 points on Monday night. Fans can find any bet they are searching for, so be sure to check it out.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Game 2 predictions
The Mavs cover the spread but again fall at home to the Jazz without Luka. Rudy Gobert controls the paint and makes life difficult on Dallas as he grabs 18 boards and blocks 4 shots. Spencer Dinwiddie drops 24 and Jalen Brunson has 20, but the Mavericks fail to top 100 points for the second straight game.
Dorian Finney-Smith scores 17, but it is again the Jazz that make the key shots down the stretch. Donovan Mitchell has his second straight 30-point game to lead Utah to another victory and put them in the driver's seat in the series.
The Dallas Mavericks travel to Salt Lake City for Game 3, and they are hoping Luka Doncic can return from his calf strain. Fans won’t miss a moment of the playoff action and be sure to check back to The Smoking Cuban for news and analysis after the contest.