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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks

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A shorthanded Mavs squad welcomes Trae Young to town.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks

WHAT: A very shorthanded Dallas squad vs. Trae Young

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. CT

HOW: Fox Sports Southwest or NBA League Pass

THE STORY: In what should have been the first matchup this season between sophomore sensations Luka Doncic and Trae Young, the Mavericks instead slink into the second night of a back to back without Doncic (sprained ankle) or Kristaps Porzingis (injury maintenance), and with Tim Hardaway Jr. nursing a back injury. Atlanta will also have a bit of a short bench, but they still have Trae Young, who, despite all the praise heaped on Luka this year, is very very good in his own right.

So, uh, I don’t have high expectations for this one, folks. But go Mavs anyway!