Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/24/2021, 2:15 PM EDT
Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates with guard Luka Doncic (77) and guard Jalen Brunson (13) during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. For the Dallas Mavericks, they have struggled with consistency this season. They currently have a 22-19 record and have failed to put together a string of wins this season. Despite this, Luka Doncic has been playing at an MVP level, averaging 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists.

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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been very poor this season. They have sustained a 10-33 record and are the worst team in the NBA presently. Despite having the number one pick Anthony Edwards playing at a high level, the Timberwolves have been struggling for form. Players like Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have been in and out of the team with injury concerns.

With that in mind, let us take a look at the Dallas Mavericks taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Dallas Mavericks – Team News

Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrate during the third quarter against the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are relatively unscathed with regards to injuries. They will be without big-man Willie Cauley-Stein, and guard Tyrell Terry due to injuries. However, the rest of the team is fully fit, and important players like Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will be fit for the game.

Predicted Lineup: Josh Richardson, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Kristaps Porzingis

Minnesota Timberwolves – Team News

Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) passes around Detroit Pistons forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the second quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves are also slightly hamstrung at the guard position due to injuries. Former All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell is still making his recovery, and could return before the end of the season. Jordan McLaughlin is also unavailable for the game. Star rookie Anthony Edwards is fit and expected to feature going forward.

Predicted Lineup: Ricky Rubio, Anthony Edwards, Jake Layman, Jared Vanderbilt, Karl-Anthony Towns

Dallas Mavericks vs Minnesota Timberwolves – Prediction

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Mar 10, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate as San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) looks on during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to find consistency this season. However, they will be confident going into the game after their win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Furthermore, the Timberwolves have been the weakest team in the NBA this year, and shouldn’t create too many problems for Luka and company.

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Prediction: Luka Doncic lights up the floor to lead the Mavericks to a win over the Timberwolves.

Who do you think will win between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves? Comment below with your prediction.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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