Mavs vs Knicks: Feb 8 Lineups & Depth Chart

Irving's Return Boosts Mavericks Amidst Mixed Performance Streak.

by Nouman Rasool
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Mavs vs Knicks: Feb 8 Lineups & Depth Chart
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In a highly anticipated clash, the Dallas Mavericks are set to visit the iconic Madison Square Garden to face off against the New York Knicks on Thursday. This marquee matchup, tipping off at 7:30 p.m. ET, marks the second encounter in their season series, with the Mavericks currently leading.

Fans can catch the action live on TNT or stream it via NBA League Pass and Fubo TV, which offers NBA TV as part of its free trial.

Mavs' Recent Performance

The Mavericks, holding a 28-23 record, are riding a wave of momentum with consecutive victories, though their recent 10-game stretch reflects a mixed bag with a 4-6 record.

The team's morale is buoyed by the return of Kyrie Irving, who, alongside Luka Doncic, orchestrated a stunning 119-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The dynamic duo dazzled with a combined 71 points, including 10 3-pointers.

Contrastingly, the Knicks, at 33-18, have been on an impressive run, boasting a 9-1 record in their last 10 games. However, their roster has been hit by injuries, with Julius Randle (shoulder) and OG Anunoby (elbow) missing the last two games, during which the Knicks split their outcomes.

Injury updates are pivotal for both teams. The Mavericks list five players on their injury report: Luka Doncic (nose) and Kyrie Irving (thumb) are probable, while Maxi Kleber (toe) is questionable. Dereck Lively (nose) and Dante Exum (knee) will not play.

The Knicks' injury woes are more severe, with seven players on their report. Jalen Brunson (ankle) and Jericho Sims (illness) remain questionable, while Duane Washington Jr. (thumb), Mitchell Robinson (ankle), Quentin Grimes (knee), OG Anunoby (elbow), and Julius Randle (shoulder) are sidelined.

The expected starting lineups and depth charts for both teams reveal the strategic choices ahead. The Mavericks' lineup is headlined by Doncic and Irving, while the Knicks look to Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo to lead their charge.

Key matchups to watch include Luka Doncic's encounter with the Knicks' formidable defense. Doncic, fresh off a historic 73-point game, faces the tactical acumen of Coach Tom Thibodeau. On the other side, Kyrie Irving's offensive prowess will be tested against DiVincenzo, who's been a revelation for the Knicks, averaging a career-best 27.8 points in his last five games.

This matchup, brimming with star power and strategic nuances, is not just a game but a showcase of basketball brilliance, ready to captivate the NBA universe.

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