Will Luka Doncic & Kristaps Porzingis Play Tonight? Kings vs Mavericks: Predictions, Injury Report & Lineups

Published 04/26/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Nov 29, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The last time Sacramento Kings played against Dallas Mavericks, they were able to snap their nine-game winning streak. But it’s been a tale of contrasting fortunes as the Mavs have won all three games since while the Kings have lost two out of three. The Mavs lie 6th in the Western Conference Table whereas the Kings find themselves at 12th.

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Date & Time: April 26, 2021, 9pm ET

Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

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Record: Kings (24-36) vs Mavericks (33-26)

Apr 18, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Chris Silva (30) defends against Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Sacramento Kings

 This game tonight is the second leg of a back-to-back for them. They are coming off a 117-113 to Golden State Warriors. And in that game, even though rookie Tyrese Haliburton scored 24 points, they missed the presence of De’Aaron Fox on the court.

Fox will miss the next 10-14 days after he was put in Quarantine in adherence to the NBA’s strict health and safety protocols. Marvin Bagley III won’t play any part either, as he still needs some on-court practice after the medical staff cleared him to resume on-court activities.

Predicted Starting 5 for Sacramento Kings

Guard – Tyrese Haliburton

Guard – Buddy Hield

Center – Richaun Holmes

Forward – Maurice Harkless

Forward – Harrison Barnes

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Preview | Dallas Mavericks

 The Mavericks ended their five-game home run with a three-game winning streak. Now, they begin a six-day road trip, starting with the Kings tonight. But the big question mark remains on the availability of their three starters for tonight.

Josh Richardson, Kristaps Porzingis, and Luka Doncic are all questionable because of their respective hamstring, ankle, and elbow injuries. We expect Luka to rest as he has played a lot of games on the trot, whereas the likes of Porzingis and Richardson may be back in action.

They are exactly where they would have wanted to be, at 6th place and out of the play-in tournament. But they need a win tonight to consolidate that position further.

Predicted Starting 5 for Dallas Mavericks

Guard – Jalen Brunson

Guard – Josh Richardson

Center – Dwight Powell

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Forward – Kristaps Porzingis

ForwardDorian Finney-Smith

Pick | Dallas Mavericks

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With their offense beginning to flow and defense looking much tighter, the Mavs can consider themselves as the favorites for this matchup.

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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.

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