Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/22/2021, 1:30 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) walks off the court after the win over the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks started 2021 in thunderous form as they won five games in a row. Unfortunately, they could not maintain their streak, winning only two games of the last five they have played. The Mavericks will be keen on regaining their winning form soon and cement themselves as a Western Conference juggernaut.

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The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, have shown flashes of a playoff team with victories against Lakers and the Clippers, but they have been inconsistent throughout the regular season.

The Mavericks face off against the Spurs tonight at 8:30 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.

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San Antonio Spurs injury updates and predicted lineup

The San Antonio Spurs have been very inconsistent in this regular season. They haven’t won over three games in a row. This mixed form has seen them having eight wins and seven losses and they are currently the eighth seed.

Dec 26, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The Spurs have some minor injury concerns. Forward Drew Eubanks is set to miss the game against the Mavs because of the health and safety protocols. Rotation guards Derrick White and Quinndary Weatherspoon will also miss the game against the Mavs with a toe injury and a knee injury, respectively.

They will look to make a comeback from the Warriors’ loss and put up a fight against the Mavericks.

Probable Lineup

DeJounte Murray (G)

Lonnie Walker IV (G)

DeMar DeRozan (F)

Keldon Johnson (F)

LaMarcus Aldridge (C)

Dallas Mavericks injury updates and expected lineup

The Dallas Mavericks who were in a disappointing losing streak of three games, finally won a game against the Eastern Conference juggernaut Indiana Pacers, defeating them 124-112.

Their center and second star Kristaps Porzingis has seen a slow start in the first five games he has played. He has averaged 20.2 points, 1.2 assists, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Jan 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks have some major injury concerns going into the next game. They see four of their players in Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell all are out with NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

The Mavs will hope that both the superstars Luka Doncic and Porzingis can step up and build on this Pacers win. They face a Spurs team who have been in a decent form recently.

Predicted Lineup

Jalen Brunson (G)

Luka Doncic (G)

Dorian Finney-Smith (F)

Tim Hardaway Jr. (F)

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Kristaps Porzingis (C)

Predictions

The Mavericks are missing some key players, but with the form Doncic is in and the growth Porzingis has seen in the subsequent games, they will have enough quality on the floor to defeat the Spurs.

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Prediction: The Dallas Mavericks have a close win against the San Antonio Spurs.

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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.

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