Will Kristaps Porzingis Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

February 24, 2021 1:08 am

The Dallas Mavericks will play hosts to the Boston Celtics at their home arena as both the NBA teams scramble to make the Playoffs. The Mavericks lie just outside the top 8 with a 14-15 record, whereas the Celtics lie at the 6th place in the East with a 15-15 record.

Date & Time: February 23, 2021, 7:30pm ET

Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas

Feb 9, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens yells to his players during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks arrive at this contest with mixed emotions. Their recent run of form has been very positive, but the recent developments around Kristaps Porzingis has been not. According to various sources, the Mavs have been encircling other teams for a trade package around him.

Even though Mark Cuban came forward to dismiss these rumours, there is still a circle of uncertainty around the Latvian big man. Anyways, they will have to put all of that behind them and concentrate on strengthening their Playoff push.

Porzingis did not feature in their win against Memphis Grizzlies. He was ruled out because of back soreness. One way to dispel all the doubts would be to return with aplomb against the Celtics. But with recent reports coming out, he has been ruled out along with Maxi Kleber.

Starting 5 for the Dallas Mavericks

Guard – Luka Doncic

Guard – Josh Richardson

Center – Dwight Powell

Forward – Dorian Finney-Smith

Forward – Tim Hardaway Jr.

Preview | Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been in a rut lately. Out of their last 10 games, they have won only four. So, they need to overcome this alarming slump or even risk missing the Playoffs.

While Jaylen Brown has been on a tear this season, Jayson Tatum has not looked like his former self. Though in his defense, he is still working his way back after a lengthy layoff because of COVID. Maybe, this game is the perfect opportunity to return to his best.

Starting 5 for the Boston Celtics

Guard – Kemba Walker

Guard – Jaylen Brown

Center – Tristan Thompson

Forward – Daniel Theis

Forward – Jayson Tatum

Predictions | Mavericks vs Celtics

Taking their respective recent run of form into account, the Mavericks head into this one as the favorites. But only just as the Celtics are formidable opponents threatening to recapture their best form. The team which comes out of the block quickly will run away with the game.

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Bharat Aggarwal

Bharat Aggarwal works as a multi-sports author for EssentiallySports. His interests in sports include but are not limited to NBA and Formula 1. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of commerce, Delhi University. He has previously worked as a sports copywriter and social media handler for Multiple Cricket gaming apps.

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