LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups – October 8th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The Dallas Mavericks will host the LA Clippers for a 2021-22 NBA preseason game at the American Airlines Center on Friday.
The Clippers are looking to establish some rhythm after recently losing to the Sacramento Kings. Meanwhile, the Mavericks have some momentum after winning their first preseason game against the Utah Jazz.
Despite being a preseason game, Friday’s game will be anything but friendly. After all, the two teams have a history that stretches back to the Orlando bubble and the grueling seven games in the 2021 NBA playoffs.
While the LA Clippers didn’t make any major moves this offseason, the Dallas Mavericks added several players to their roster, including Reggie Bullock and Frank Ntilikina. By retaining centerpieces and re-signing their superstars, both sides look incredibly competitive heading into the new season.
LA Clippers Injury Report
Although Kawhi Leonard’s injury is one of the LA Clippers’ biggest concerns, he appears to be ahead of him when it comes to his recovery from surgery.
Rookie point guard Jason Preston also underwent surgery and is expected to miss much of next season.
Other injuries on the list include Ivica Zubac, who has a strained right shoulder. He is considered questionable for the game.
Nicolas Batum and Marcus Morris Sr. have been ruled out of Friday’s game for rest reasons. Meanwhile, Justise Winslow has been billed as day-to-day due to illness.
Paul George missed the first preseason game against the Denver Nuggets but played limited minutes against the Sacramento Kings. Given the high usage rate, it will have this season, the LA Clippers may look to use it sparingly in the preseason.
Dallas Mavericks injury report
While the Dallas Mavericks appear ready to start the season with a healthy team, some names were absent from the list of players available for the Utah Jazz game. Players like Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith, Trey Burke, and Frank Ntilikina were notable absences. However, they could be expected to play the LA Clippers.
While everyone could be available for the Clippers game, Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber will likely be given the night off to rest.
LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks: Planned Lineups
With some players injured or listed on a day-to-day basis, the LA Clippers lineup seems unwieldy. Paul George’s status for Friday’s game is unknown. This could mean there is an equal chance that he will start for the Clippers and play limited minutes in the first half.
There is little room for experimentation regarding the initial alignment. However, Brandon Boston Jr’s contribution to the bench against the Sacramento Kings and Terance Mann’s performance against the Denver Nuggets could see them play more minutes against the Dallas Mavericks.
Harry Giles III and Isaiah Hartenstein can also see important minutes in case Ivica Zubac is ruled out of the game due to the strain on his shoulder.
The Dallas Mavericks’ lineup will be mostly the same as their match against the Utah Jazz. The healthy duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will be looking to establish chemistry in the new Mavericks system early. Although the two players will play limited minutes, working together in game situations could be beneficial for the team.
With the absences of Maxi Kleber and Reggie Bullock, Jason Kidd might have to consider playing Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith to make up for positional issues. With Jalen Brunson still available in emergencies, Frank Ntikilina could still be used sparingly.
The Dallas Mavericks could also experiment with their big-man rotation of Moses Brown, Willie Cauley-Stein and Boban Marjanovic. With all three available and contributing, there is some depth available in fifth place. Jason Kidd could play him in the preseason.