Will Kristaps Porzingis Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Charlotte Hornets: Injury Updates, Lineup and Game Predictions

January 14, 2021 12:30 am

The Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets matchup will be an interesting one. Both teams are coming off a string of back-to-back victories and shown great form so far. The Hornets and Mavericks are at a similar place in their standings, with the Hornets’ current record at 6-5 and Dallas’ record at 5-4.

This game is important for both to move up the ladder. However, with both teams looking to continue their winning streak, will come at each other with all they’ve got. Who will turn out to be the better team in this matchup?

Dallas Mavericks injury updates and lineup prediction

Before their last game was postponed against the New Orleans Pelicans, because of COVID-19 concerns., they easily triumphed over one of the good teams from the East, Orlando Magic. And it doesn’t seem like they’ll stop at anything to continue their winning streak.

With some top scorers on their team, the Charlotte Hornets should feel a little threatened. Especially from their star player Luka Doncic, who deserves most of the credit for their recent successes. The 21-year-old is close to averaging a triple-double this season with 26.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.3 assists.

There is good news and bad news. Kristaps Porzingis is probable to return for this matchup, but a lot of other players might be missing, like Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson.

Jan 7, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) battle for the ball in the third quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

With that, the predicted lineup would be Willie Cauley-Stein, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, and Josh Green.

Charlotte Hornets injury updates and lineup prediction

Their efficiency and offense have been so impressive that the Hornets have successfully added their name to a list of possible title contenders. Talking about a winning streak, they’ve left the Mavs behind by getting victory over four straight games.

Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball are on a roll. They’re putting up stellar performances every night and help the Hornets add more W’s to their tally. Hornets were criticized heavily for giving Gordon a very lucrative contract in the offseason. But it looks like Hayward is found a way to silence those people.

With only Grant Riller and Cody Zeller out for the game, they have a healthy roster. So, the predicted lineup would be Devonté Graham, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Bismack Biyombo, and PJ Washington.

Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Steven Adams (12) passes the ball in front of Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the fist quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Game prediction

Without a doubt, this will be a neck-t0-neck battle. But by adding Kristaps back to the roster, the Mavericks have a slightly better chance at winning this game. Except the Hornets to give it a tough fight but Dallas taking the win home.

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Yashima Bhatia

Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked. Her interest for the game transitioned into her love for writing the sport. Previously, she has had experience as a scriptwriter for short films and a freelance photographer.

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