Charlotte Hornets vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction & Match Preview - December 13th, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22

The Dallas Mavericks will host the Charlotte Hornets on December 13th.
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Charlotte Hornets on December 13th.

The Dallas Mavericks will host the Charlotte Hornets at the American Airlines Center on Monday, December 13th.

The Hornets will head into this game off a 124-123 win against the Sacramento Kings, which has seen them improve to 15-13 on the season. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off a 103-84 win against the OKC Thunder to improve to 13-13 on the season.

Match Details

Fixture - Charlotte Hornets vs Dallas Mavericks | 2021-22 NBA Season.

Date & Time - Monday, December 13th, 2021; 8:30 PM ET (Tuesday, December 14th, 2021; 7:00 AM IST).

Venue - American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.

Charlotte Hornets Preview

Kelly Oubre Jr. celebrates for the Charlotte Hornets
Kelly Oubre Jr. celebrates for the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets will feature a heavily depleted roster in their game against the Dallas Mavericks. With four rotational players sidelined due to COVID-19 protocol, the Hornets' 8-9 man rotation has faced severe pressure.

INJURY UPDATE: @hornets at DAL 12/13PJ Washington (illness, non-COVID) is questionableLaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee and Ish Smith are in the NBA's Health and Safety Protocols and are OUT#AllFly

With both LaMelo Ball and Ish Smith out of the lineup, the Hornets will be severely shorthanded in their guard rotation. With Terry Rozier stepping up as the point guard, the Hornets will also have to look at Cody Martin and James Bouknight to contribute.

The win against Sacramento did show some signs of hope. Ending a two-game losing streak, the Hornets showed tenacity, as they cut through a third-quarter deficit to make the game close heading into the fourth.

Featuring a great performance by the Hornets' rookie James Bouknight, the side will hope to hang on to their winning record as their roster recovers.

Key Player - Terry Rozier

Terry Rozier uses the screen to lose a defender.
Terry Rozier uses the screen to lose a defender.

In the absence of LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier often steps in as the primary ball handler for the Charlotte Hornets. Although he didn't play for the team in the game against the Kings, the Hornets will see Rozier in the lineup against Dallas.

Rozier is a highly underrated player and scorer. His game features some nifty handling along with shifty hesitation moves and finishing. With a fairly reliable shot from beyond the arc as well, Rozier presents himself as a solid scoring option for the team.


Paired alongside Cody Martin in the backcourt, Rozier could take on more of a facilitator's role in this game. The priority for the Charlotte Hornets will be to get Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward into a rhythm.

By establishing a flow to their scoring, the Hornets will look to rely on their frontcourt duo to stop themselves from bleeding or prevent scoring droughts.

Charlotte Hornets Predicted Lineup

G - Terry Rozier | G - Kelly Oubre Jr. | F - Miles Bridges | F - Gordon Hayward | C - Vernon Carey Jr.

Dallas Mavericks Preview

Luka Doncic on the Dallas Mavericks bench
Luka Doncic on the Dallas Mavericks bench

The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to establish a rhythm in the month of December. Going 2-3 in their last five games, the Mavericks will look to end their three-game road trip with a win.

A huge omission from their roster heading into their next game is superstar Luka Doncic. The Slovenian missed the game against the Thunder on the road. He is also expected to miss the clash against Charlotte as the Dallas Mavericks return home.

Mavs coach Jason Kidd says Luka Dončić has been formally ruled out of both ends of Dallas’ back-to-back tonight in Oklahoma City and Monday against Charlotte due to a “flare up” of the ankle injury and adds that his availability for Wednesday’s home date with the Lakers is TBD.…

Doncic's absence does put some strain on the Mavericks roster. As the primary ball handler and their All-Star candidate, Doncic is a key player for them. However, Jalen Brunson did a great job covering for Doncic by moving into the starting rotation against OKC.

Against the Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks will look to their frontcourt and their big men to take advantage of the depleted Charlotte roster.

Key Player - Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a Dallas Mavericks game
Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a Dallas Mavericks game

The Dallas Mavericks will look to their star big man to rise to the occasion against the Charlotte Hornets. Kristaps Porzingis makes up the second part of the Mavericks' one-two punch alongside Luka Doncic, and for good reason.

Porzingis is one of the most versatile big men in the game. With a sweet shooting stroke, Porzingis can easily stretch the floor and also function out of the high post. While also factoring in his athleticism and shot blocking ability, Porzingis has tremendous potential. His performance is key to the Mavericks' success.

Kristaps Porzingis out here doing some target practice 🎯

Porzingis does tend to be a highly inconsistent player. However, the lack of a solid and durable big man in the Charlotte Hornets' rotation presents the perfect opportunity for the Latvian to take over the game.

Dallas Mavericks Predicted Lineup

G - Jalen Brunson | G - Reggie Bullock | F - Dorian Finney-Smith | F - Kristaps Porzingis | C - Dwight Powell.

Hornets vs Mavericks Match Prediction

The Dallas Mavericks should emerge as the winners in their game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Given that both sides will be missing their stars, the overall depletion of the Hornets' roster could see the team severely shorthanded in the frontcourt. Against a team such as Dallas, which features a number of talented big men, the Charlotte Hornets might struggle to fall into a rhythm offensively.

However, should the Hornets find their mojo from outside the three-point line, their odds of winning will improve significantly.

Where to watch Hornets vs Mavericks game?

The game will be locally broadcast on Bally Sports Southwest. The game will be available on the NBA's League Pass platform too. Fans can also listen to the game on radio by tuning into 97.1 The Eagle.

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