Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/29/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicansat American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks, who have struggled for consistency this season with their record just crossing .500, take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. While Luka Doncic has been playing at an excellent level, the rest of the team has not been doing enough to complement his work.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder, on the other hand, are clearly a team in transition. They currently hold a 19-26 record, which is admirable given their modest expectations this season. The team has been working towards reducing their roster age, as they look forward to the next NBA draft to bring in a new franchise superstar.

With that in mind, let us preview the Mavericks taking on the Thunder

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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 have a few injury concerns heading into the game. Tyrell Terry and Willie Caulie-Stein are both out of the game against the Dallas Mavericks. Furthermore, new acquisition JJ Reddick is also out indefinitely, as there is no timetable for his return. However, the Mavericks will have Luka Doncic and the rest of their starting line-up available.

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

Oklahoma City Thunder – Team News

Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Isaiah Roby (22) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

OKC have their own injury concerns right now. Mike Muscala has been ruled out for the game against the Mavericks. Luguentz Dort suffered a concussion recently and will have to be cleared through the concussion protocol.

Furthermore, Al Horford will not play again for the franchise. Tony Bradley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Darius Bazley will also be unavailable for the game.

Predicted Lineup: Theo Maledon, Kenrich Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski, Isaiah Roby, Moses Brown

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder – Prediction

Feb 27, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) puts up a jump shot in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have failed to show consistency this season. A game against a team like the Thunder, who are missing several key players, could be the momentum builder they need.

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However, the Thunder have shown that they are capable of an upset regardless of whom they face. But their injury concerns will be too much for them to overcome.

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Prediction: Luka and the Dallas Mavericks make quick work of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Who will win between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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