Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction & Match Preview – October 21st, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22
The Dallas Mavericks face the Atlanta Hawks in their first game of the 2021-22 NBA season after a perfect preseason campaign in which they won all four of their games.
The Mavericks won their final preseason game against 2021 NBA champions, Milwaukee Bucks. The game saw some of the best performances from players like Jalen Brunson and Trey Burke, who came off the bench for 14 points and five rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, won the last two games of their preseason and will be inspired by the performances of all their top stars in their most recent win over the Miami Heat. Trae Young added 27 points and a whopping 15 assists and will be looking to go head-to-head with Luka Doncic, who is expected to be available as well.
Fixture: Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks | NBA Season 2021-22.
Date & Time: Thursday, October 21st; 7:30 PM ET (Friday, October 16th; 5:00 AM IST).
Venue: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA.
Dallas Mavericks preview
The Dallas Mavericks are expected to line up with Luka Doncic against the Hawks even though he is unavailable for his final preseason game. Aside from Doncic, the likes of Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. were also left out of the game and they are all expected to start against the Atlanta Hawks.
Porzingis didn’t have the best times last season and was especially inconsistent during the playoffs. Consequently, Luka Doncic had to single-handedly drag the Mavericks into the first round of the Playoffs and then to a 3-1 lead over the LA Clippers.
This time, with Jalen Brunson and Trey Burke churning out some great preseason games, the Mavericks will be looking for a deeper run in the Playoffs.
Atlanta Hawks preview
The Atlanta Hawks did not rest any of their big stars in their last preseason game. They exceeded the expectations placed on them by beating the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs last season. The Hawks are now entering Game 1 this season after all of their top stars produced great performances against the Miami Heat.
Clint Capela had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while John Collins had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter seem ready to bring firepower from the bench and more reinforcements have been added on the bench in the offseason as well. With Trae Young also in their ranks, the Atlanta Hawks will also be aiming big this season.
Mavericks vs Hawks match prediction
The Dallas Mavericks had an impressive preseason, although the Atlanta Hawks also finished with two straight wins. However, the fact that Doncic did not participate in the final game means that he will be fresh and eager to play. In such a scenario, the Dallas Mavericks are the favorites to win Game 1.
Where to watch the Mavericks vs Hawks game?
The NBA preseason game broadcast is available on the official NBA app. A subscription to this app will give you access to all NBA preseason and regular-season games. The Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks game will also be broadcast on TNT.