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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks

WHAT: The first home pre-season game against the unstoppable force that is Giannis Antetokounmpo

WHERE: American Airlines Center

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. CT

HOW: FoxSports Southwest or NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Pre-season hoops comes to Dallas finally. Whether or not the locals get a live look at Kristaps Porzingis is still up in the air (ESPN’s injury tracker says no, but I don’t think it’s been updated lately, plus no confirmation as of this writing... which is like lunch time), but if I were to guess, at least Luka Doncic will play minutes. Past that, this game will be fairly routine... we do have a few things to look for, though.

What are you hoping to see this game? I’m going to be watching to see if any of the small forwards make a tangible impact. While Finney-Smith gets rebounds, it’s Justin Jackson doing the scoring. Tim Hardaway Jr. is a guard, but if he can make good decisions and fill up the bucket like he did against the Pistons, he makes a strong case for starting too.

There’s a lot to sort out and none of it will get figured out tonight. Join us anyway.