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

Published 03/03/2021, 12:30 PM EST
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


Dallas Mavericks face the Sacramento Kings tonight. For the Mavericks, they are currently in a good run of form, having won eight of their last 10 games. Luka Doncic has allowed the rest of the team to pick up more momentum, with excellent performances across the board. The Mavericks will be looking to get an important win ahead of the All-Star break.

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For the Thunder, they have had a mixed season this year. The franchise has clearly been in a rebuild so far, but have still kept themselves in contention. They have won three of their last five games and are the 11th seed currently in the Western Conference.

With that in mind, here is everything you need to know ahead of their clash tonight.

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Dallas Mavericks – Team News

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 Mavericks could be without some key figures for the game. Luka Doncic is listed as questionable due to tightness in the back. Wiley Cauley-Stein is also listed as questionable for the game against the Thunder due to a thumb injury. However, it is very possible that the two players will return for the game.

Predicted Lineup: Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson, 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

The Thunder will also be without key players. Hamidou Diallo is out for the game against the Mavericks. As is George Hill, who has provided veteran experience to this team so far. Darius Miller and Trevor Ariza are yet to make an appearance since being ruled out for the game against the Nuggets.

Predicted Lineup: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley, Theo Maledon, Luguentz Dort, Al Horford.

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder – Prediction

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Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates with forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks have been on a slight run the past few games. They are looking like the team many expected them to be at the beginning of the NBA season. The Thunder have just not been good enough, especially because of their rebuild process. Expect the Mavericks to get another important win this season.

Prediction: The Mavericks are able to defeat the Thunder, who are struggling with injuries.

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Who will win between the Mavericks and the Thunder? Both teams have struggled at certain points of the season. However, the Mavericks seem to finally be clicking recently and are looking to solidify their playoff spot in the coming weeks.

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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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