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

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April 2, 2021 9:00 pm

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.

Dallas Mavericks injury updates and expected lineup

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.

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 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.

Predicted Lineup

Luka Doncic (G)

Josh Richardson (G)

Dorian Finney-Smith (F)

Maxi Kleber (F)

Kristaps Porzingis (C)

New York Knicks injury updates and lineup prediction

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.

Jan 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau talks to his players as Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague (55) listens in during a break in the action in the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Probable Lineup

RJ Barrett (G)

Immanuel Quickley (G)

Julius Randle (F)

Reggie Bullock (F)

Nerlens Noel (C)

Predictions

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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Aditya Mohapatra

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.

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