Will Kristaps Porzingis Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Miami Heat: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/01/2021, 4:00 PM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks will host their New Year’s matchup against the Miami Heat. The two sides will lock horns at 7 PM ET on Friday night. Additionally, both sides have had an average start to the season.

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While the Heat are 2-2 in their first 4 games, the Mavericks have won just 1 of their initial 4 games. The major reason behind this slow start for the Mavs is the absence of their second star Kristaps Porzingis. In his absence, too much burden is falling on the shoulders of Luka Doncic.

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Can they turn their fortunes against the Heat? Well, first let’s take a look at the expected lineups and injury updates for both sides.

Miami Heat injury updates and predicted lineup

Dec 23, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) shoots beyond Orlando Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After splitting the doubleheader against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat proved once again how great their team is. In fact, they did it without their superstar Jimmy Butler. Speaking of Butler, he traveled with the team to Dallas. But as of now, he is listed probable for the game.

Along with Butler, Gabe Vincent and Kelly Olynyk are also listed probable in the recent injury report. Keeping the injuries in mind, the expected lineup for the Miami Heat is Avery Bradley (G), Tyler Herro (G), Duncan Robinson (F), Andre Iguodala (F), and Bam Adebayo (C).

Dallas Mavericks injury updates and predicted lineup

Dec 23, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Deaandre Ayton (22) in the second half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks’ fans will be happy to hear that star-forward Kristaps Porzingis will most likely return for their game against the Heat. According to their head coach Rick Carlisle, the Latvian had a great practice session, meaning he shouldn’t be sidelined for the Friday night matchup.

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Apart from Porzingis, there is no new injury update for the Mavs. So their lineup should look like Luka Doncic (G), Josh Richardson (G), Tim Hardaway Jr. (F), Kristaps Porzingis (F), and Dwight Powell (C).

Game prediction

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Both the sides are expected to be at their 100% on Friday night with their stars returning from injuries. However, Porzingis will most likely be on minute restrictions to avoid re-injuring himself. Considering that, the Miami Heat should take the dub in this clash.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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