Mavericks-Wizards preview

11-7          Mavericks (1-10) at Wizards ( 5-4)

TV Coverage: NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Dallas: loss at Minnesota 112-99

  • Dennis Smith Jr.- 18 points, 5 rebounds
  • Harrison Barnes- 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Devin Harris- 15 points, 1 assist

Last game for Washington: win at Toronto 107-96

  • Bradley Beal- 38 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Otto Porter Jr.- 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Marcin Gortat- 11 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists

Mavericks preview- Dallas is on a six game losing streak and have lost nine of their last ten games. The team ranks near the bottom in points per game (97.9), rebounds per game (40) and assists per game (20). Harrison Barnes leads the Mavericks averaging over 17 points a game, while Dirk Nowitzki, in his twentieth season for the Mavericks, is averaging 10 points a game, a sign that the Mavericks are going with a youth movement. Defensively, the Mavericks allow forty-eight percent from the field, which ranks second to the bottom in the NBA.

Wizards preview- John Wall still remains day-to-day with a sprained left shoulder. If Wall can not play, expect Bradley Beal to pick up the slack. The five-year veteran is averaging nearly 26 points a game this season. Otto Porter has been on a roll lately, as he is now averaging eighteen points a game and in his last five games, Porter is shooting sixty-three percent from the field. This is the first of a four-game homestand for the Wizards as next Washington will play host to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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