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New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks Preview and Predictions 11-08-2019


Dallas star guard Luka Doncic is on an early season roll and he looks for another solid outing when the Mavericks host the lowly New York Knicks on Friday. Doncic has three triple-doubles and six 20-point outings while leading Dallas to a strong 5-2 start.

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Doncic recorded 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Mavericks edged the visiting Orlando Magic 108-107 on Wednesday. "Nothing he does surprises me," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. "But he's more into winning than stats, is my feeling about it. He always has been. He has a body of work that proves that if you look back five or six years. That's the important thing." The Knicks own the league's worst record at 1-7 and they suffered their fourth straight setback on Wednesday, when they were routed 122-102 by the host Detroit Pistons. "We have a really high-character group," New York coach David Fizdale told reporters. "It's just a matter of time before they figure each other out and come together."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FS Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE KNICKS (1-7): Fizdale has won just 20 percent of his game as New York's coach (18-72) and the fans jeered him and serenaded him with "Fire Fizdale" chants at the team's most recent home game. "I don't think about that," Fizdale told reporters. "I was more concerned about our performance from my seat. I can't be caught up with how everybody else was feeling." Rookie guard RJ Barrett has been a bright spot with a 17.9 average and he has scored 15 or more points in seven of the team's eight games after a 15-point effort in the loss to Detroit.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (5-2): While Doncic was again thriving in the win over Orlando, running mate Kristaps Porzingis struggled and matched his season low of 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Porzingis is averaging just 13.5 points over the last four contests after averaging 26.3 over the first three outings. Reserve guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 against the Magic and reached double digits in five consecutive games while going 10-of-21 from 3-point range over the past four contests.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Knicks won their past two visits to Dallas after losing 17 of the previous 20.

2. Mavericks reserve G J.J. Barea scored 11 points in 16 minutes in his season debut.

3. New York C Mitchell Robinson (concussion) departed Wednesday's contest and figures to sit out at least one game.

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Dallas, Texas, USA.
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Last Injuries

Dallas Mavericks

  • Willie Cauley-Stein

    Personal
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Cauley-Stein missed his second straight game due to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will rejoin the lineup against the Spurs on Wednesday.

  • Luka Doncic

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Doncic is expected to suit up for Wednesday's matchup versus the Spurs despite an ankle injury.

  • Jalen Brunson

    Shoulder
    Early March | out

    Brunson is sidelined with a right shoulder sprain, and he is not expected to return until the early part of March.

  • Luka Doncic

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Doncic is dealing with soreness in his ankle, but he is expected to be active for Monday's contest against the Timberwolves.

  • Luka Doncic

    Ankle
    Out Sat | out

    Doncic will receive a day of rest and will not suit up for Saturday's contest versus the Hawks.

  • Kristaps Porzingis

    Rest
    Out Sat | out

    Porzingis will not be a participant in Saturday's game versus the Hawks as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Seth Curry

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Curry is suffering from right knee soreness, but he will likely take the court for Saturday's clash with the Hawks.

  • Luka Doncic

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Doncic has been out of commission with a right ankle sprain, but it is likely that he will return to action Wednesday against the Kings.

New York Knicks

  • Frank Ntilikina

    Groin
    Doub Wed | doubtful

    Ntilikina was held out of the previous game with soreness in his groin, and it is unlikely that he will take the court Wednesday against the Hornets.

  • Kenny Wooten

    Thumb
    out for season | out

    Wooten is projected to miss the remainder of the season due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

  • Wayne Ellington

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Ellington missed his second straight game with a right ankle strain, but he is projected to face the Hornets on Wednesday.

  • Elfrid Payton

    Ankle
    Prob Wed | probable

    Payton has sat out the past two games with a sore right ankle, but he is expected to suit up for Wednesday's contest against the Hornets.

  • Mitchell Robinson

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Robinson is hindered by a sprained left ankle, but it is expected that he will take the court for Monday's matchup versus the Rockets.

  • Allonzo Trier

    Illness
    Late Feb | out

    Trier has sat the past four games with an illness, and it is unknown if he will return Feb. 21 against the Pacers.

  • Damyean Dotson

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Dotson has been held out of the previous three games due to an illness, but he is expected to be healthy enough for Wednesday's tilt against the Wizards.

  • Maurice Harkless

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Harkless missed the last game due to an illness, but he is likely to make his team debut Wednesday against the Wizards.