The New York Knicks suffered from their second loss in a row with a defeat against the Timberwolves. They now have a .500 record with 24 wins and 24 losses and have slipped to the sixth spot of the Eastern Conference.
The Dallas Mavericks meanwhile had a solid display against a loaded Celtics side. The Mavs now have a record of 25 wins and 21 losses and find themselves at the seventh spot of the Western Conference.
The Mavericks face off against the Knicks tonight at 7:30 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.
The Mavericks had a comfortable victory against a talented Celtics side, beating them 113-108. Talisman Luka Doncic put on a shooting clinic, knocking down seven of the eleven attempted threes.
The Mavericks will miss three players due to injuries. New signing JJ Reddick is still recovering from a heel injury while guard Tyrell Terry is out due to personal reasons. Their backup center Willie Cauley-Stein is out due to medical protocols.
The Mavs face a resilient Knicks side and will rely on Doncic and Porzingis to step up offensively to break down the Knicks.
Luka Doncic (G)
Josh Richardson (G)
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Maxi Kleber (F)
New York Knicks suffered from a very close defeat at the hands of the Timberwolves who beat them 102-101. After climbing up to the fourth seed in the East, the Knicks’ dip in form has resulted in them slipping down to the sixth seed.
Mitchell Robinson’s injury has been a major concern for them. Without the presence of their dominant big man, the Knicks’ defense hasn’t been that effective. One solution for the Knicks can be the buyout market, where they can rope in veterans like Hassan Whiteside.
The Knicks will miss two key players through injury. Center Mitchell Robinson is probably out for the majority of the season with a broken foot. Veteran point guard Derrick Rose is on a day-to-day basis with his ankle injury.
The short-handed Knicks face off against a loaded Mavs side. Players like Julius Randle will be crucial in order to secure the win against Dallas.
RJ Barrett (G)
Immanuel Quickley (G)
Julius Randle (F)
Reggie Bullock (F)
Nerlens Noel (C)
The Mavericks are in a good run of form right now and are seeing a rather healthier squad in comparison to the Knicks. Given the form they are in and the players they have, the Mavs have a slight edge over the Knicks.
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