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(26-20) Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks (15-31)
Date: Monday January 22
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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The Wizards had the weekend off following their comeback win in Detroit on Friday night. Their road trip finishes with this game in Dallas and then one more in Oklahoma City before a return home.
Dennis Smith Jr. has been compared to John Wall and for good reason. He flashes a lot of the same speed and athleticism with the ball in his hands, getting to the rim and finishing around defenders flying at him through the air.
But I’m not so sure how much of that magic John Wall has left. We haven’t heard a whole lot about his knee in recent weeks but he doesn’t look like quite the same guy to me. The difference isn’t anything alarming but it’s there if you look closely.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is going to have to do a lot down the stretch if the Wizards are to catch the Heat or the Cavaliers and finish in the top half of the Eastern Conference.
He and Bradley Beal led the team with 26 points apiece on Friday night and Oubre was the one to provide the spark at the end of the first half and to start the second.
Washington did come back to get the win on Friday night in a spot on national tv but it was down big early before pulling it together. This is a flawed team that hasn’t strung together easy wins in some time.
The Mavericks don’t often beat teams over .500 but this Wizards team is one that they may be able to take advantage of.
First, there is the matchup of Smith vs. Wall, which I think could give the Wizards more problems than it will the Mavericks. Smith is going to be hype to play against one of the premier point guards in the league and he may just find that he isn’t as premier as he once was.
I could see Smith giving Wall some problems if that knee isn’t totally fine.
Neither team offers much of anything offensively on the interior so it’s going to be decided on the perimeter, where Harrison Barnes and Otto Porter will matchup, as well as Wesley Matthews and Bradley Beal.
You can’t deny the Wizards’ talent out there but Dallas will scrap and play hard in front of the home fans. It will come down to, not Washington’s talent, but how much the Wizards want this game.
The schedule isn’t easy in February or March for the Wiz, which could really use this win before going to OKC but they’ve just been an unreliable, unpredictable bunch, especially lately, and especially defensively.
NBA Betting Trends:
- WAS are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 6-2-1 in WAS last 9 vs. NBA Southwest.
- WAS are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- DAL are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Head to Head: Under is 13-6 in DAL last 19 home games.
- Head to Head: WAS are 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Free Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction: Dallas wins at home.
You’re always going to get a good effort and good coaching from Dallas, especially at home. You often get neither of those things from Washington. It’s a coin flip game that will probably finish in a double-digit margin either way.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavs ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Washington 103 – Dallas 115
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