LA Lakers Vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Game Preview

Dean Riley - 21 Feb 2022

Worrying news for the LA Lakers, who are set to take on the Dallas Mavericks at Crypto.com Arena on March 2, is the news of Anthony Davis and his side-lining for the next 2 weeks with a sprained right ankle.

After the Lakers’ 106-101 win against the Jazz on Wednesday, Davis reportedly underwent X-rays that revealed a sprain, but thankfully no fracture. According to Lakers coach Frank Vogel, the NBA power forward is furthermore scheduled for an MRI later this week.

Davis became airborne upon launching to grab hold of a lob pass from Malik Monk before coming down hard on the heel of Rudy Gobert.

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Thompson A Potential Remedy  

Considering LA’s current shortcomings, fans would have loved to see some action at the deadline. But while nothing came from those hopes, some talent to be added into the mix may still be in the offing thanks to the buyout market and the availability of Tristan Thompson.

Should Thompson agree to a buyout between the Lakers and the Indiana Pacers, such a move might mean becoming a part of LA’s playoff rotation.

Thompson started the current season with the Sacramento Kings. He played in 30 games and 3 starts for them and posted averages of 6.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He was sent to the Indiana Pacers prior to the trade deadline.

Thompson may be just what the doctor ordered to help the Lakers turn around their unimpressive season. He’s definitely someone to look out for over the next couple of weeks.

Doncic The Main Focus For Mavs

For the Mavs, the trade deadline didn’t end in much more than what it did for the Lakers.

It could certainly be argued that the Mavericks didn’t get any more capable with the dealing away of Kristaps Porzingis – ostensibly the second-best player on the roster.

But Porzingis, as strong a player on the roster as he was, was holding the team back in many ways.

What remains to be seen going forward is whether Dallas did any better by adding Davis Bertans and Spencer Dinwiddie to its rotation.  But even though the trade physically involved Bertans, Dinwiddie, and Porzingis, it had been all about creating more moving room for Luka Doncic.

Doncic made a slow start to the season but has since settled into a high-level masterful act. With Luka outperforming defenders on every end, it’s no surprise the Mavs would want to keep him supported, happy, and playing his best game.

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