Kristaps Porzingis Could Make His Season Debut on Monday Against the Pelicans

Kristaps Porzingis Mavericks Background

  • Kristaps Porzingis has been upgraded to “questionable” for the first time this season.
  • Porzingis underwent knee surgery last October and has not played for Dallas this season.
  • The Mavs are the current betting favorites to win the Southwest Division at -180 at SportsBetting.ag.

Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis could make his awaited 2020-21 season debut on Monday night.

Porzingis, who underwent knee surgery last October, has been upgraded from out to questionable for Dallas’ Monday game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He has been included in the list of likely starters in the Mavs’ media notes.

The 25-year old 4th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks has been a full participant in the Mavericks’ practices for the past two weeks. He has been given a clean bill of health but said he needed time to practice and scrimmage in order to regain his rhythm before playing in games. Well, it seems that the time has finally come for the Latvian Unicorn to return to action.

Has Not Played This Season

Before the injury, Porzingis was playing at All-Star level, averaging 26.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 46.8% from the floor during his final 21 regular season games. In six seeding games played at the Disney bubble tournament in Orlando, Porzingis averaged 30.5 points and 9.5 rebounds and was named to the All-Seeding Games first team along with Luka Doncic.

Porzingis suffered the injury during Game 1 of the Mavs’ first round playoff series against the L.A. Clippers. He played the rest of Game 1, as well as Games 2 and 3. He even put up a 34-point and 13-rebound effort in Game 3 but when the pain refused to go away and he started experiencing stiffness, he was shut down during the final three games of the series.

Porzingis explored his options before undergoing surgery, including having platelet-rich plasma injections, hoping that the meniscus would heal on its own. However, went under the knife last October and entered rehab. Late last month, the was cleared to return to basketball activities. Porzingis has yet to play a game this season while rehabbing from the surgery but after Saturday’s home win over the Orlando Magic, Rick Carlisle said that Porzingis was nearing return. Today, it’s nearer than ever and that’s good news for Dallas.

Mavs Favored to Win the Southwest Division

Despite playing without Porzingis to start the season, the Mavs have opened with a 5-4 record which right now, is good for first place in the Southwest Division and 6th place in the Western Conference team standings. Dallas is currently the odds on favorite to win their division at -180 at the online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Mavs also have the third best odds to win the Western Conference in the latest odds board at +1200, behind only the Lakers who are at +140 and the Clippers who are at +325. They also are 8th in the current odds board to win the 2021 NBA title at +2000 and if they get Porzingis back soon, they will be a team to watch as the season progresses.

Dallas has opened Monday’s home game against New Orleans as 4.5 point favorites and a -180 at the money line. They have won each of their last four games against the Pelicans and head to Monday’s game with a three-game winning streak and a 2-1 record at the American Airlines Center.

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