Thursday night will feature several nationally-televised NBA matchups as teams wind down the preseason and look ahead to the Regular Season. As part of an early doubleheader, the Dallas Mavericks will visit the Atlanta Hawks to start things off. Both teams seem like they are more about building towards the future rather than contending for the postseason, but anything is possible. Here's the latest matchup details including game time, TV channel, odds-on favorite to win, and how to watch the Mavs vs. Hawks live streaming online.

Game preview

Heading into the matchup tonight, the Dallas Mavericks have achieved a 3-1 record through their exhibition games.

The team defeated Milwaukee and Chicago in back-to-back games before losing at Orlando, 112-89. In their most recent contest, Dallas won at home against the Magic, 99-96. Leading the way for the Mavs was rookie Dennis Smith Jr. with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting in 26 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki had 10 points and six boards, while Harrison Barnes recorded 14 points with four rebounds.

The Atlanta Hawks are 2-2 so far in their preseason games. The team has lost to Miami and Detroit, while defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies. In that recent 100-88 win over the Grizz, Dennis Schroder finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting while Malcolm Delaney had 15 points off the bench. The Hawks could be one of those overachiever teams in the coming season as they're not expected to qualify for the playoffs but could surprise people depending on how their young talent gels with the current roster.

Vegas Insider is listing the Atlanta Hawks as six-point favorites at various sportsbooks. The game's over/under total has been set around 206 points for the complete game in Atlanta.

How to watch it live

Thursday night's Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Live television coverage will be available exclusively on NBATV.

The channel can be live streamed through select cable and satellite companies that offer customers live streaming of their channels.

In addition, NBATV is available through two other channel streaming services. Customers can check out fuboTV which features a one-week free trial and has NBATV included among its streaming channel package.

There's also SlingTV, also available on one-week free trial. Customers will need to choose Sling Orange channel package with the "Sports Extra" add-on in order to get NBATV. See more details at the Fubo.TV and websites for how to sign up and see tonight's game live.