The Dallas Mavericks are facing the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena tonight. The Mavericks are coming off a win against the San Antonio Spurs in the last game. They managed to take the win with a collective effort from the starters that day. The Lakers, on the other hand, lost their last game against the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers have been having a rollercoaster of a season, which is similar to how the Mavs have been performing in recent times. It certainly looks like tonight’s game might be evenly poised, given the teams’ star-studded injury reports.
Luka Doncic is out for the Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers game tonight
Luka Doncic has been struggling with a left thigh injury in recent times. He suffered this injury when playing against the New Orleans Pelicans and it looks like Luka will not be making an appearance tonight as well. Along with Luka, Kyrie Irving is also questionable.
Luka Doncic (left thigh strain) will miss his 4th straight game tomorrow vs. the Lakers, per the Mavericks.
Kyrie Irving (foot), Tim Hardaway Jr. (calf), JaVale McGee (ankle), and Markieff Morris (knee) remain questionable. pic.twitter.com/JMY61oeLGX
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 17, 2023
It surely will break Mavs fans’ hearts to know that they might miss both of their superstars for the fourth consecutive game. Both Kyrie and Luka returned to practice but still aren’t fit enough to feature in a game.
Dallas Mavericks injury report
- Luka Doncic (out)
- Kyrie Irving (questionable)
- Tim Hardaway Jr. (questionable)
- Markieff Morris (questionable)
Dallas Mavericks expected roster
- Reggie Bullock
- Maxi Kleber
- Dwight Powell
- Josh Green
- Jaden Hardy
Los Angeles Lakers injury report
- LeBron James (out)
- Anthony Davis (probable)
- Mo Bamba (out)
Los Angeles Lakers expected roster
- Troy Brown Jr.
- Jarred Vanderbilt
- Anthony Davis
- D’Angelo Russell
- Malik Beasley
Can the Mavericks take down the Lakers without Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving?
The Lakers have done quite well considering LeBron James‘ injury. The 4x NBA champ isn’t expected to return soon and the Lakers are preparing to fight for the playoffs without their superstar. However, the Lakers have been one of the best teams, both on the offense and defense, since the trade deadline. D’Angelo Russell’s signing has been a blessing in disguise.
We can predict that D-Lo will be crucial for the Lakers tonight. The Mavs will not have enough power in defense to stop the former Minnesota Timberwolves star. Along with that, it goes without saying that Anthony Davis will also stand out for the Lakers against the Mavs. He did not play the last game but is probable to play tonight.
The last time these two teams faced each other was in February 2023. The Lakers took the win on the night with the help of decent performances from LeBron and AD. However, despite King James’ absence, their new-look roster could manage to get the job done against an inexperienced Mavs team.
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