Will Luka Doncic & Kristaps Porzingis Play Tonight? Denver Nuggets vs Dallas Mavericks: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 03/13/2021, 2:00 PM EST
Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicansat American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets will play hosts to Dallas Mavericks in Denver as the two teams arrive into this NBA clash with some form behind them. Just two games separate the eighth-placed Mavericks and the fifth-placed Nuggets in the Western Conference Table.


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Date & Time: March 13, 2021, 10pm ET

Venue: Ball Arena, Denver


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Record: Nuggets (22-15), Mavericks (19-17)

Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) motions as he brings the ball up court in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Denver Nuggets

Courtesy of Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets are on a five-game winning run. The Serbian has been playing at an MVP-level all season.

In their 103-102 win against Memphis Grizzlies last night, the Joker recorded 28 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. As for his commander-in-chief, Jamal Murray, he could only muster 3 points. The Canadian needs to step up big time if they want to go far this season. His play has been largely underwhelming, and he needs to channel his Bubble form against the Mavs.

Starting 5 for Denver Nuggets

Guard – Monte Morris

Guard – Jamal Murray

Center – Nikola Jokic

Forward – Will Barton

Forward – Michael Porter Jr.

Preview | Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks entertain and frustrate in equal measures. It was going all so well for them and they could be facing the Nuggets on the back of a five-game winning streak too. But they chose to rest both of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis against the Thunder.

Needless to say, it backfired badly. Yes, the Thunder are an underwhelming bunch but resting both of your key players for injury recovery and to think you can sneak in an easy win is utopian. Now, this game feels like a must-win for them.

As expected, both KP and Luka should make their return for this all-important NBA clash.

Mar 10, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) points to the crowd after the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for Dallas Mavericks

Guard – Luka Doncic

Guard – Josh Richardson

Center – Kristaps Porzingis

Forward – Maxi Kleber


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Forward – Dorian Finney-Smith

Predictions | Nuggets vs Mavericks

If the Mavs had run over the OKC, they would be the legitimate favorites for this match. But now, they arrive as equals to the Nuggets. This game will depend much on the match-up between Porzingis and Jokic. The individual winner could determine the victor in this match.


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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.