Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, fresh from their run to the Western Conference Finals a season ago, have been trying to adjust to the new 2022-23 NBA season and they will be road tested again Thursday night when they go there Brooklyn takes on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.
Both teams have high title ambitions and so far this season both teams are still trying to figure out their identities.
Obviously, the Mavericks identity revolves around playing through Luka Doncic and rightly so as Doncic has cemented his place as a top player in this league. However, they have struggled to score at times this year and they are still figuring things out on the offensive side of things.
However, Christian Wood, acquired by the Mavs this offseason, has been a bright spot for them as Wood is currently averaging 24.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in three games off the bench.
With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and other talents on the horizon, expectations this season in Brooklyn are much the same as they have been in recent years — to win a title by any means necessary.
This is a big season for the Nets given that Irving is in the last year of his contract and given that they struggled with a lot of drama in the offseason, so lost to Dallas on Thursday and would fall further down the standings early on not sit well with everyone associated with this team. Which team will leave Barclays Center with a win on Thursday night?
The 2022-23 NBA season has begun and here’s how to watch Thursday’s game with game times and TV, lineups, bios and other important details.
How to watch Mavericks vs Nets
- WHO: Dallas Mavericks (1-2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (1-3)
- IF: 7:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 27, 2022
- WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
- TV: NBA TV
- Stream: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
Key stats and facts for Mavericks vs. Nets
- The Dallas Mavericks suffered a 113-111 loss en route to the New Orleans Pelicans last Tuesday night.
- The Brooklyn Nets lost 110-99 away to the Milwaukee Bucks last Wednesday night.
- Luka Doncic has been hot to start the 2022/23 season as he is averaging 34.7 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting.
- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are averaging 59.6 points per game this season.
- The Nets and Mavericks split their only two meetings during the 2021-22 regular season, with both teams winning away.
March 16, 2022 – Mavericks 113, Nets 111
Behind 37 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists from Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks eluded the Brooklyn Nets in a 113-111 win. Kevin Durant landed with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists as the Nets overtook the Mavs 45-37 in that loss. Dallas as a team shot 49.4 percent from the floor and they outplayed the Nets by 9 points from the three-point line.
Latest injury reports:
Outsider: Davis Bertans (knee) – AUS, Frank Ntilikina (ankle) – AUS, Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot) – QUESTIONABLE
Nets: Seth Curry (ankle) – OUT, TJ Warren (foot) – OUT, Markieff Morris (personal reasons) – OUT
PROJECTED MAVERICKS STARTERS:
- G Lukas Doncic6-foot-7 guard: 34.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists
- G. Spencer Dinwiddie6-5 guard: 18.0 points, 3.3 assists
- F Reggie Bullock6-6 forward: 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds
- F Dorian Finney-Smith6-7 forward: 5.3 points, 4.0 rebounds
- C JaVale McGee7-0 middle: 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds
PROJECTED NETWORK STARTERS:
- G/F Ben Simmons, 6-10 guard/forward: 14.3 points. 4.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists
- G.Kyrie Irving6-2 guard: 15.0 points, 5.0 assists
- F. Royce O’Neale6-4 forward: 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists
- F Kevin Durant6-10 forward: 32.0 points, 3.0 rebounds
- C Nicolas Claxton6-11 middle: 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds
- According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Mavericks are currently 2-point favorites over the nets as of Wednesday night.
- The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 227 total points.
What to look out for:
- Christian Wood is currently third in the league in bank points scored with 73 points off the bench.
- Nets’ Kevin Durant recently overtook Alex English for 20th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
- The Mavs are 48-33 all-time against the Nets.
- Dallas is averaging 105.3 points per game, fifth-best in the NBA, and Brooklyn is averaging 119.8 points per game, 25th in the NBA.
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