Take a look at the Western Conference standings and you'll see that the Lakers have their work cut out in order to achieve the goal of qualifying for the NBA Playoffs in 2023. A few games ahead of the Lakers are the Mavericks, who are poised for a late-season run of their own after adding Kyrie Irving ahead of the NBA's trade deadline.
At this juncture of the season, each game is crucial. Winners of two in a row, LA looks to continue to help itself as it opens a three-game road trip with a visit to Dallas, which is fresh off of a blowout victory on Thursday.
MORE: Breaking down the Lakers' postseason odds
There will be no shortage of star power on Sunday as Irving and Luka Doncic will look to hold off the Lakers star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Dallas has taken each of the first two meetings from LA this season can clinch the season series with a win.
The Sporting News is tracking live updates from a crucial head-to-head meeting between two of the West's most talented teams.
NBA BOLD PREDICTIONS: Awards, playoff projections & more
(All times Eastern)
4:27 p.m. — The Mavericks continue to roll and their lead is up to 27 points.
Dallas is shooting 10-for-17 from 3-point range while the Lakers have missed all 14 of their 3-point attempts. As a team, LA is shooting 8-for-36 from the field.
LeBron James leads the Lakers with 8 points on 3-for-10 shooting while Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Kyrie Irving and Tim Hardaway Jr. have scored nine points apiece and Christian Wood has added eight points.
Mavericks 48, Lakers 21.
4:19 p.m. — It's all Mavericks early on … and not a lot of Lakers.
Dallas' red-hot shooting continues into the second quarter as it's now 9 for 15 from deep while LA's now 0 for 12. The Mavericks' lead has ballooned to 20 points and Darvin Ham has signaled for a timeout.
Mavericks 38, Lakers 18. 9:29 remains in the second quarter.
4:12 p.m. — Defense turns into offense for the Mavericks, as a Tim Hardaway Jr. block results in a layup for Luka Doncic, who finishes the first quarter with a game-high 14 points.
Tim Hardaway Jr. turns it away and Luka beats the Q1 buzzer! @dallasmavs in front after the first on ABC! pic.twitter.com/8WxnRRfBMR — NBA (@NBA) February 26, 2023
Dallas is on fire from deep, where it has connected on seven of its 13 3-point attempts.
LA, on the other hand, is shooting 6-for-26 (23.1 percent) from the field, including 0-for-10 from the field. Anthony Davis leads the way with six points on 3-for-6 shooting while LeBron James has four points on 1-for-6 shooting.
4:05 p.m. — It's Luka Doncic's world and the Lakers are just living in it.
Doncic is up to 12 points in the first quarter and has connected on all three of his 3-point attempts. For the Lakers, Anthony Davis leads the way with six points.
Mavericks 20, Lakers 13 with 2:49 left in the first.
3:55 p.m. — Luka Doncic is up to a game-high seven points early thanks to two stepback 3s over Anthony Davis.
Mavericks 9, Lakers 8 with 6:49 remaining in the first.
LeBron James is 0-for-3 early on but has two points thanks to converting at the charity stripe.
3:10 p.m. — Starting for the Lakers: Dennis Schroder, Malik Beasley, LeBron James, Jarred Vanderbilt and Anthony Davis.
3:00 p.m. — Starting for Dallas: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Reggie Bullock, Justin Holiday and Dwight Powell.
2:20 p.m. — The Lakers will officially be without D'Angelo Russell, who suffered a sprained ankle in the team's win on Thursday. Expect Dennis Schroder to start in Russell's absence.
As expected, D’Angelo Russell is officially out today in Dallas due to the ankle sprain.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 26, 2023
2:10 p.m. — Star power, you say? LeBron James and Anthony Davis are live on location at the American Airlines Center.
On arrival pic.twitter.com/7XL1lKjSYH — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 26, 2023
In the United States, Lakers vs. Mavericks will be broadcast on ABC. Mark Jones will handle play-by-play duties alongside analyst Doris Burke. Katie George will report from the sidelines.
Fans in the United States can also stream Lakers vs. Mavericks with a subscription to Sling TV.
Fans in the U.S. can watch the biggest games of the 2022-23 NBA season on Sling TV, which is now offering HALF OFF your first month! Stream Sling Orange for $20 in your first month to catch all regular season games on TNT, ESPN & ABC. For games on NBA TV, subscribe to Sling Orange & Sports Extra for $27.50 in your first month. Local regional blackout restrictions apply.
SIGN UP FOR SLING: English | Spanish
Lakers vs. Mavericks from the American Airlines Center is scheduled to tip off around 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 26, which is 2:30 p.m. local time in Dallas.
Here are Los Angeles' next five games:Date Opponent Time (ET) National TV Feb. 26 at Mavericks 3:30 p.m. ABC Feb. 28 at Grizzlies 7:30 p.m. TNT March 1 at Thunder 8 p.m. — March 3 vs. Timberwolves 10:30 p.m. — March 5 vs. Warriors 3:30 p.m. ABC
Here are Dallas' next five games:Date Opponent Time (ET) National TV Feb. 26 vs. Lakers 3:30 p.m. ABC Feb. 28 vs. Pacers 8:30 p.m. — March 2 vs. 76ers 7:30 p.m. TNT March 5 vs. Suns 1 p.m. ABC March 7 vs. Jazz 8:30 p.m. —
But in an about-face on Feb. 15, the Austin City Council voted to pursue a shorter one-year contract, angering the police union and throwing a wrench in negotiations. The 77 officers who could retire by the end of March eclipse first quarter numbers for prior years. Justin Berry, a current Austin Police Department officer, said that many officers ineligible for retirement may depart the force for other cities. "The City Council fails to understand the gravity of what this means for the general safety of the very community they are responsible for." After throwing out that contract, city council instructed the interim city manager to implement a base pay increase for officers and a signing bonus for new cadets.25 days ago Fox News
Bring on Snow College, again. 🥇https://t.co/dvLHvJyoos pic.twitter.com/KyeVF80LZL — NJCAA Basketball (@NJCAABasketball) February 27, 2023That other loss, against Utah State Eastern University, turned out to the difference between the No. Utah State Eastern (12-17) will play Salt Lake (26-4) in Thursday’s early regional game. “It’s what you dream of as a coach.”In the final poll, CSI is followed by John A. Logan of Illinois (25-2), Odessa College of Texas (26-2), Moberly Area Community College of Missouri (27-3) and Indian Hills Community College of Iowa (27-3). The Golden Eagles (27-2) will host the four-team regional tournament next week, also matching up against Snow (12-15) in the first round.25 days ago Times-News
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — There's an effort to prevent gun violence involving young people before they reach for a gun. The CDC says adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a significant impact on future potential violence. “This is really a public health crisis what we see happening, all of this violence,” said the executive director of Cameron Community Ministries, Olivia Kassoum-Amadou. “It’s something that’s not just here for a moment.”Cameron Community Ministries is located in the heart of one of the poorest communities in the city of Rochester. “That’s my real belief.”She said the Cameron Community works to help children cope with the many adverse childhood experiences they see.25 days ago Spectrum News
Murdoch acknowledged in testimony that some of those hosts, including Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo, had done more than just give a platform to baseless claims of voter fraud. Murdoch, when asked why he continued to allow MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to make election fraud claims on Fox News, said it was a business decision. A search of the Fox News website shows Steel did appear on at least one Fox News program: "America's News Headquarters." The documents also show other executives at Fox News growing increasingly concerned about the channel’s handling of election fraud claims in the days after the election. The filing shows that as various Fox News shows, hosts and guests continued to push voter fraud claims, Murdoch fielded messages from other media executives, including some from within Fox Corp., who tried to persuade him to change course.25 days ago Yahoo News
Until 0 quarterDespite being underdogs at tipoff, the Detroit Pistons have since taken control of the game. Both teams are capable of winning, but they’re going nowhere against the Charlotte Hornets 3. Detroit relies on shooting guard Rodney McGruder, who has three points, and point guard Killian Hayes, who has zero points. Averaging 118.56 points per game, the Hornets have been sleeping on the defensive side of the ball and need to wake up before the contest. In their win, the Hornets relied heavily on center Mark Williams, who hit a double-double on 20 boards and 18 points.25 days ago 24ssports News - NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, FOOTBALL
About 50 rail cars operated by Norfolk Southern, including 10 carrying toxic chemicals, derailed on the evening of Feb. 3 in East Palestine, a small town on the Ohio- Pennsylvania border . Residents of the East Palestine community have reported severe symptoms from toxins and chemicals that have seeped into the air and waterways since the derailment. "The residents of East Palestine and the surrounding community deserve to know if their health has been compromised by this disaster now and for years to come. EPA Administrator Michael Regan assured residents that robust testing had shown that the area was safe earlier this month. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC sent medical personnel to conduct public health testing and assessments.25 days ago Fox News
Zero-calorie sweetener erythritol, widely used in sugar replacement or reduced-sugar products, has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular events including heart attacks and strokes for older adults consuming high amounts and already at risk of heart disease, according to a new study published Monday. Taylor also suggests looking for other sugar substitutes like Stevia-based sweeteners that are herbal as opposed to artificial. However, the study warns that erythritol is often combined with other sugar substitutes to help add bulk to the sweeteners. Taylor suggests breaking the sugar habit by weaning off sweeteners in everyday snacks and foods or substituting sweetened foods for other options. At the very least, drink unflavored tea, coffee, bubbly water or water with fruit infused in it.”25 days ago ABC News
Argentina's captain and forward Lionel Messi holds the FIFA World Cup Trophy upon arrival at Ezeiza International Airport after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup tournament in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires province, Argentina on December 20, 2022. Luis Robayo, AFPPARIS, France - Lionel Messi won The Best FIFA men's player prize for 2022 on Monday on the back of his World Cup triumph with Argentina and Spain's Alexia Putellas retained the women's award at a ceremony in Paris. Argentina's World Cup win in Qatar was also recognised as Lionel Scaloni claimed the men's coach's honour and Emiliano Martinez was named the best male goalkeeper. Meanwhile, England's European Championship victory helped their Dutch manager Sarina Wiegman win the prize for best women's coach, while Mary Earps was named the women's goalkeeper of the year. Polish amputee player Marcin Oleksy took the Puskas Award for best goal, named after Hungary great Ferenc Puskas.26 days ago ABS-CBN News