DAL vs SAS Dream11: This is a matchup between the two teams from the western conference well and truly falling South and searching for a sustained moment. One team will surely get a win here, for there are no draws in Basketball. But who will come out on top? It’s too early to draw any conclusion about where a team may head or what the table may look like at the end of the season but no team wants to lose games after games. There is something called psychological barrier and it can become a mountain if the skids are frequent than the wins. This will be the first-ever encounter between these two teams this season, so there will be the case of unfamiliarity here when the tip-off starts at American Airlines Center.
Current situation and the recent form:
You can say, the hosts have got themselves some favor after ending its two-game losing streak with a 110-102 win over Toronto Raptors. Unlikely indeed considering how both the teams have been going around in NBA of late. But it also highlights Maverics’ improved profile and indeed the capability. Luka Doncic is now a sophomore, so comes the experience, while the franchise added superstar Kristaps Porzingis to its roster, improving Mavericks’ two-way tenacity.
With that win, the Mavericks are now sitting at 7th on the points table, with a 7-5 record.
And you can still be pretty sure about San Antonio Spurs that something is not right there, something is missing which certainly was with them when they started the season with four straight wins. But that run looks a thing from a distant past as the Spurs are now on a six-game skid, with the latest coming against Portland Trail Blazers.
San Antonio Spurs lead the overall record against the Dallas Mavericks with 112 wins from 180 games, while Dallas have recorded 68 victories in those games.
While the recent fixtures also indicate a win for the Spurs as Gregg Popovich’s men are on a five-game winning run against Dallas, losing just twice in the last 17 games.
Host: Dallas Mavericks
Visitors: San Antonio Spurs
Match Timing: November 18, @07:00 AM
Venue: American Airlines Center
Luka Doncic: Mavericks’ most prized-asset these days. Even after his incredible debut season last year, the numbers he has been accumulating is phenomenal and shows that there’s no limit where he can’t reach. Doncic is averaging 28.5 points per game this season (6th best in NBA), 10.7 rebounds per game(10th best) and 9.1 assists per game, behind only LeBron James.
Kristaps Porzingis: The former Knicks has been incredible since switching his loyalty in the offseason. He is the 2nd best player for the Mavericks as far as points per game is concerned.
LaMarcus Aldridge: The 34-year-old is certainly the best player for San Antonio Spurs this season if we consider the overall contribution. He is averaging 18.5 points per game this season and leads the team in offensive and defensive rebounds as well as blocks per game. Aldridge is the best efficient ranking for Spurs this season.
DeMar DeRozan: His form has faded off to some extent in the last few games, and it reflects in the numbers as well. He is averaging 19.8 points per game this season.
No injury concerns for the host ahead of this game. All the players are available for selection. Dwight Powell was the last player missing the game for the mavericks due to an injury, but he is back fit now. Boban Marjanovic is expected to miss the game.
Dallas Mavericks squad:
Dallas Mavericks: Dwight Powell, Courtney Lee, Justin Jackson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Luka Dončić, Ryan Broekhoff, Jalen Brunson, Delon Wright, Seth Curry, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kristaps Porziņģis, J.J. Barea
San Antonio Spurs team news:
Dejounte Murray missed the last game due to an injury and remains doubtful. He will be assessed before the game. The likes of Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, and Jakob Poeltl are expected to clock most minutes amongst the players from the 2nd unit.
San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray (Doubtful), DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pöltl, Derrick White, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lonnie Walker, Marco Belinelli, Bryn Forbes, DeMarre Carroll, Rudy Gay, Trey Lyles
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PF: Kristaps Porzingis
SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Maxi Kleber
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Seth Curry
San Antonio Spurs:
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
SF: DeMar DeRozan
C: Trey Lyles
PG: Derick White / Dejounte Murray
SG: Bryn Forbes
Dallas Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr., Delon Wright, Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson
San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, Marco Belinelli, Jakob Poeltl, DeMarre Carroll, Lonnie Walker
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Dallas Mavericks have the momentum after winning the last game, but Spurs have always performed better against them. That said, MAvericks are different this season and we can see them winning this game here.