Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 03/27/2021, 8:55 PM EDT
Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots the ball past Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (11) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks missed Luka Doncic dearly in their last defeat against the Pelicans. The Mavs have a record of 23 wins and 20 losses and are the seventh seed in the Western Conference.


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New Orleans Pelicans meanwhile were outplayed by the Denver Nuggets in their latest game. The Pelicans have a record of 19 wins and 25 losses and are the twelfth seed in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks face off against the Pelicans tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.


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New Orleans Pelicans injury updates and lineup prediction

The New Orleans Pelicans lost their latest game against the Denver Nuggets who beat them 113-108. Despite the loss, Zion Williamson put on a show scoring a career high 39 points.

Mar 21, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) reacts with guard Josh Hart (3) and forward Zion Williamson (1) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans will be missing two key players against the Mavs. Guard Lonzo Ball is sidelined with a hip injury and backup center Jaxson Hayes is out with a wrist injury.

Pelicans are facing a Mavericks side who are missing some key players. It will be the perfect chance for them to be back in form.

Probable Lineup

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (G)

Eric Bledsoe (G)

Brandon Ingram (F)

Zion Williamson (F)

Steven Adams (C)

Dallas Mavericks injury updates and expected lineup

The Mavericks had a disappointing loss to the Pacers who beat them 109-94. The Mavs looked like a shadow of themselves without Luka Doncic. But Kristaps Porzingis put on a show scoring 31 points.

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 Mavericks will be missing a plethora of players due to injury. Superstars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are sidelined with illness and a knee injury, respectively. Backup center Willie Cauley-Stein and guard Tyrell Terry are also out with medical protocols and personal reasons.

The Mavs are missing some key players against the Pelicans and might find it difficult to have a win.

Predicted Lineup

Jalen Brunson (G)

Josh Richardson (G)

Dorian Finney-Smith (F)


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Maxi Kleber (F)

Dwight Powell (C)



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The Dallas Mavericks are missing some key players and given the lack of depth in their side, they are surely the underdogs against the Pelicans. This can be the best opportunity for the Pelicans to come back to winning ways and given the form Zion and Ingram they are in, they are the favorites against the Mavs.


Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.