Dallas Mavericks vs Washington Wizards / NBA – Neither of teams had a good start of new season and after nine games the Mavericks and Wizards have just two victories. If those results are not surprising for Dallas they are definitely for Washington, although when we take a closer look at their defence it becomes clear how a team with two excellent guards have such weak results.
Dallas Mavericks vs Washington Wizards beings 07.11.2018 at 02:30 CET
Dallas won just two games and lost even seven, although we should add that Harrison Barnes has skipped almost half of games due to injury and that Dirk Nowitzki still hasn’t played this season. Dallas has six-game losing streak and it came from starting 2-1 to 2-7, but we should add that five of those seven defeats were suffered by single digit point differences. The Mavs has material for the future and we did write about it. Rookie Doncic become the team’s first scorer and is also second rebounder and assistant of his team.
In terms of scored points, Doncic gets good help from Matthews and Smith Jr., while centre Jordan averages double-double. Still, the Mavs received six points more than they score, and if they want to progress they have to reduce number of received points (almost 117 per game on average). Besides Jordan and partially Doncic almost no other player does rebounds and they are indeed weak in this category, while number of successful passes also doesn’t put them in the upper half of the league. Now, the Mavs will face similar backcourt like their own and if they fail to slow down or stop Wizards’ guards they are in trouble.
Probable lineups Dallas Mavericks: Smith Jr, Matthews, Doncic, Barnes, Jordan
If the Mavs have a partial excuse for the weak start what the Wizards could say? Individually they have good team and fact that they played first seven games without centre Howard is not enough to explain numerous defeats. Before game with the Mavs Washington won New York Knicks and in that way put an end to five-game losing streak. That can perhaps bring peace in the house, especially after rumour that duo Wall-Beal might split (allegedly, Beal would move to the Lakers), just like return of Howard on the court should patch numerous holes in their defence.
The Wizards play desperate defence. It is more accurate to say they don’t play it at all as they received almost 121 points per game, which is the worst result in the entire NBA (before the last game with the Knicks they had averaged even 124 received points). They are the penultimate in rebounds (Howard could help with this too), while Wall and Beal desperately need help in offensive. Newcomers Green and Rivers still didn’t make a name for themselves, while more was expected from Porter Jr.
Probable lineups Washington Wizards: Wall, Beal, Oubre Jr., Morris, Howard
Dallas Mavericks vs Washington Wizards PICK
Both teams have weak defences and in attack they really more on outside positions, guards and small forwards. We expect to see now plenty of shoots, fast game and by that plenty of points on both sides of the court.
Pick: over 225.5 points
Odds: 1.95 at pinnacle (down to 1.86 can be played)
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