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NBA - US Sports: Doncic set to miss opener

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is set to miss Game 1 of their first round series against Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Dallas are 7/4 to win the series opener in the Money Line, while the Jazz can be backed at 10/11 with a -5 handicap in the Point Spread, and you can follow the action on our Sports Live Streaming hub.

Slovenian's absecne huge

Doncic sustained a calf strain in the Mavs' win over San Antonio Spurs in the final round of regular season games.

The Slovenian guard is officially listed as doubtful for Game 1, but reports claim he will miss out and is also unlikely to play in Game 2 on Monday.

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The Mavs have home court advantage for the first two games and losing Doncic now comes as a huge blow in their bid to take a series lead to Utah, as the Jazz are a far stronger team in Salt Lake City - finishing the regular season with a 29-12 home record and 20-21 away.

Doncic stats make for impressive reading

Doncic finished third on the leading scoring charts at the end of the regular season and fifth in assists, while the 23-year-old leads the Mavs in points, rebounds, assists, field goal attempts, minutes and steals.

The three-time All-Star missed 17 regular season games for Dallas and the team had an 8-9 record in those games. In the 65 games in which Doncic played, the Mavs had a record of 44-21.

There are three other first-round series that start on Saturday as Memphis Grizzlies entertain Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors travel to Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors welcome Denver Nuggets to the Chase Center.

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