The Dallas Mavericks open the regular season with a playoff rematch against the Phoenix Suns. Superstar Luka Doncic and company are returning to the scene of the crime where they crushed the top-seeded Suns by 33 in Game 7 to advance to the conference finals. Phoenix would love a bit of revenge on their home floor to open the new campaign.
The Suns are facing some turmoil already. Jae Crowder never reported to camp as he seeks a trade, and they are still reeling from the Deandre Ayton contract dispute. The former number-one overall pick is back in Phoenix, but there are questions about the relationship with the team.
Who starts 1-0 after Wednesday’s showdown in Phoenix? Fans will certainly want to tune in to find out, so here is a look at how to watch, the odds, predictions, and more.
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns odds, spread, over/under
According to FanDuel, the Mavs are four-point underdogs heading into the Valley of the Sun, and they sit at plus-156 on the moneyline. The over/under for the contest is set at 216.0.
Luka’s over/under is set at 29.5 points, and FanDuel has all the player props fans are looking for on the season opener.
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns injury report
The Mavs ruled out Davis Bertans (knee), Frank Ntilikina (ankle), and Tyler Dorsey (G League) on the NBA’s official injury report. Maxi Kleber is listed as questionable with an illness.
Ntilikina being out opens up more minutes for Josh Green, and it could push rookie Jaden Hardy into the rotation for a brief stint. If Kleber sits out, Dwight Powell likely takes his playing time off the bench.
The Suns are without Jae Crowder (not with team) and Landry Shamet (hip) for the season opener, but they are the only two players on their injury report.
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns how to watch
Start time: 9:00 p.m. CT or 10:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN (national) Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas local market)
How to watch online: ESPN app or FUBO.tv
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns predictions
Luka is in shape and ready to start the regular season, and that is bad news for the Suns. The Mavericks come out strong as Doncic has a 38-point triple-double to lift Dallas to an impressive road win. The 23-year-old superstar throws down a dunk and has multiple highlight reel passes on his way to the victory.
Christian Wood has 20 points and seven rebounds in his Mavericks debut as Dallas scores 113 points in the opener. Fans should expect a fun and exciting game between two of the best teams in the West to open things up.
Dallas Mavericks' next game and schedule
The Mavs got zero favors from the schedule makers to open the season. After tonight’s game in Phoenix, they face three straight teams expecting to be in the playoffs and make a deep run. Here is a look at what is ahead for Dallas.
Oct. 22 vs Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. CT
Oct. 25 at New Orleans Pelicans at 6:30 p.m. CT
Oct. 27 at Brooklyn Nets at 6:30 p.m. CT
Fans will not want to miss tonight’s game, and each of the first four contests are must-watch. Will Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks get off to a fast start? The competition is tough, but never count them out. Be sure to tune in and enjoy the show.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.