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Why is Luka Doncic not playing tonight vs. the Rockets?

The Mavericks will be without Doncic in Wednesday’s game.

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the LA Clippers late in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at American Airlines Center on November 15, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
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The Dallas Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, although it is not because of an injury to the point guard. The star is getting some much-needed rest after a game Tuesday against the Clippers.

Doncic has been on a tear this season, averaging 34.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. He’s suited up in every contest for the Mavericks this season, so it makes sense for him to get some rest here. The Rockets are not a team the Mavericks should struggle with, and they can get past this group without Doncic.

Dallas was a 9-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook heading into the day and is a 4.5-point favorite with Doncic now being ruled out. The Mavericks are also going to be without Maxi Kleber and JaVale McGee.

Doncic should return Friday when the Mavericks take on the Nuggets.