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Mavericks vs Thunder Game Time Preview: Minus Luka Doncic, can Dallas win?

This feels like a trap on the second night of a back-to-back

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks (23-17) head out on the road Sunday evening to face the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-22). Dallas is on the second night of a back to back, after they beat the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night, 127-117. The Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic, who is getting a rest day for his left ankle which has been causing him some discomfort. It’s a gamble by Dallas, as they’ve yet to win a single game without Doncic, as this is a key chance to gain ground in the Western Conference.

  • WHO: Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
  • WHAT: A chance to gain ground in the rough and tumble West
  • WHERE: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • WHEN: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • HOW: BallySports Southwest

This just doesn’t feel good on paper. Dallas has yet to win a single game without Dončić and they’re playing a team featuring Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a guard capable of getting to the rim with ease. Considering the Dallas defenders who’ve been out for a while as well as the traditional lack of rim protection, this might be ugly.

And yet the Mavericks have surprised me the last few weeks, displaying grit in the face of challenging circumstances. They have to win without Luka at some point, why not tonight?

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