The Dallas Mavericks will look to extend their winning streak and Luka Doncic will look to make history when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. Can the Mavericks keep both streaks going as they finish their season series against the Nets? Let’s take a look at the injury reports for Mavericks – Nets.
Kevin Durant will FACE Luka Doncic for Mavericks – Nets
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Dallas has won three straight games, and their 23-year-old star has scored 30 points or more in eight straight games to start the season.
Only ten days ago, the two teams played an overtime thriller in which Luka had a 41-point triple-double.
Since then, the Nets have been through a lot of upheaval, including the firing of head coach Steve Nash and the suspension of Kyrie Irving. Brooklyn has won two straight, but can they win in Dallas?
As the Brooklyn Nets continued to deteriorate, one player stood out. Kevin Durant, like a fine wine, consistently improves.
He may have only led his team to three victories in ten games so far, but the man did not give his all in each of those outings.
The 6’10 forward is in his 16th season in the league and is arguably playing the best basketball of his life. The four-time scoring champion has never been this strong defensively.
Durant has never averaged two blocks per game in his entire career as a small forward, but he has 20 in the last ten games.
This is primarily on the post, guarding centers, or power forwards. With Ben Simmons (injury) and Irving (suspension) already out or questionable, the Nets will be relieved that their cerebral assassin will be on the court at least for the Sunday night game against the Mavericks.
Another question is whether his brilliance would be enough for Luka Magic. But, after winning their last two games against teams that rarely play a typical big man for the majority of the game, Brooklyn will have the same advantage over the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic is on fire right now, and the Nets defense has no answers for the second time this season as number 77 scores 35 points, grabs eight rebounds, and assists in a Mavericks victory on Monday night. Kevin Durant scores 40 points, but it is insufficient as Brooklyn falls to 4-7 on the season.
Christian Wood has another strong game as the Nets’ lack of size reappears. C-Wood should put up 20 points and 12 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action to help the Mavericks win their fourth straight game.
On November 7, Luka Doncic and Kevin Durant will square off in a heavyweight matchup.
Injury Report for Dallas Mavericks
Frank Ntilikina (ankle) and Davis Bertans (knee) were both ruled out of Monday’s game on the NBA’s official injury report.
It will be the ninth consecutive game that both players have missed to start the season.
Injury Report for Brooklyn Nets
The Nets will travel to Dallas without Kyrie Irving (suspension), T.J. Warren (foot), Kessler Edwards (G League), and Aldones Williams (G League).
After missing the previous four games due to a knee injury, Ben Simmons has been upgraded to questionable.