Will Luka Doncic Play Tonight? Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs – Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/10/2021, 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


The Dallas Mavericks will face the San Antonio Spurs in the first game back after the All-Star break. Luka Doncic had an excellent All-Star break, being on the winning side with team LeBron. The remaining players on the Mavericks got some well-deserved rest going into the final stretch of the NBA season.

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Whereas, the San Antonio Spurs didn’t have any players participating in the All-Star festivities this weekend. And given how inconsistent they’ve been this season, they could use the rest period to recharge their batteries for the second half of the season. They will hope that this break will allow their players to find whatever x-factor they need to improve for next season.

With that in mind, let us take a look at everything we can expect from the Dallas Mavericks taking on the San Antonio Spurs.

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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 will be light at the guard spot. Tyrell Terry and Nate Hinton will be unavailable due to injury. However, the main core of the Mavericks is healthy and ready to go. Luka Doncic will be back after a wonderful All-Star weekend, where he was a starter for the game, and took part in the skills challenge as well.

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

San Antonio Spurs – Team News

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 will be without Devin Vassell, who is unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol. However, the rest of the players are all in contention to play tomorrow. DeMar DeRozan will be motivated going into the second half of the season. DeRozan put up great numbers this season, and many felt he was snubbed from the All-Star selection.

Predicted Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, DeMar DeRozan, Trey Lyles, LaMarcus Aldridge

Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs – 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

Both teams are well-rested coming into the game. However, the Mavericks will be hoping to continue their momentum prior to their All-Star break. The Spurs will not make it easy for them. They have proven to be the proverbial monkey wrench to several teams in the NBA this season, and will be looking to secure their own playoff position in the second half this season.

Prediction: The Mavericks survive a late game scare from the Spurs to get the important win.

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Can the Spurs cause an upset and defeat their fellow state rivals? The Spurs have been wildly underrated this season. Furthermore, the Mavericks have still not found their best run of form going forward. But given the talent at hand, the game between the two teams should be a solid, entertaining fixture.

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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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