Washington Wizards (12-7) vs. Dallas Mavericks (10-7)
The Washington Wizards won 101-99 against the Oklahoma City Thunder last night to snap a two-game losing streak. They will now look for their second consecutive road victory when they take on the Dallas Mavericks after losing four of the previous six games overall. The Mavs, on the other hand, snapped a three-game losing streak with a road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Luka Doncic returned to the lineup following three games on the sideline and the Mavericks immediately improved and secured a win.
These inter-conference rivals will meet for the first time this season. They faced each other on two occasions last year, and Dallas won both duels. This game will tip-off at 8:30 PM ET on Saturday, November 27.
(This article was written before the Washington/OKC game last night)
Wizards’ defense couldn’t cope with the PelicansThe Washington Wizards allowed a season-high in points in a 127-102 road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. It was a most disappointing display from the Wizards this season as they failed to cover a -3.5 spread, which was the fourth time in five games they failed to cover. At the moment, the Wizards have a 10-8 ATS record.
Washington was doomed already in the first half as the Pelicans had a 22-point lead at halftime. The Wizards did improve in the second 24 minutes, but that wasn’t enough to avoid a massive defeat. New Orleans was better in assists (33-23), steals (13-5), while the Wizards committed 19 turnovers opposite New Orleans’ 11.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 23 points and five rebounds. Raul Neto scored 13 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 11 points, game-high nine assists, and eight boards, while Montrezl Harrell had ten points and team-high nine rebounds. Rui Hachimura (personal) and Thomas Bryant (knee) are out indefinitely.
The Wizards have the 22nd offense in the NBA that is scoring 105.6 points per game, while they are registering 47.0 rebounds per contest (5th). Washington’s defense is 10th in the league as it allows 105.0 points to the opponents.
Mavericks edged the Clippers in overtimeThe Dallas Mavericks suffered three consecutive defeats in their four-game road trip before they secured an overtime 112-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas covered a +2.5 spread and it was the fifth time in six games they managed to cover. The Mavs have an 8-9 ATS record right now.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks with 30 points and seven rebounds. Luka Doncic followed him with 26 points, team-high nine boards, and game-high nine assists, Dorian Finney-Smith scored 17, while Tim Hardaway had 13 points and five rebounds. Jalen Brunson left the game against the Clippers with a left foot injury and is listed as questionable for Saturday’s tilt against the Wizards. Frank Ntilikina (calf) is questionable to play on Saturday.
The Mavericks have the 23rd offense in the NBA that averages 104.1 points per game, while they are the best team in the league when it comes to ball handling as they committed just 12.1 turnovers per game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Dallas lost only one of seven home games so far in the season, while Washington lost each of its last three road games. The Mavs are way stronger with Doncic on the floor, and that was evident against the Clippers, who beat the Mavericks without Doncic only a couple of nights before. Given that the Mavs are 8-9 ATS this year and that they covered in five of the previous six games, I can conclude that they have been quite grateful to the ATS bettors. Even though Washington has a better ATS record than Dallas right now, the Wizards have been struggling on the road recently, and that’s why I am backing the Mavs in this one.
Full-Game Total Pick
Only six of Washington’s 18 games this season went Over, while the Mavericks also have a negative O/U record. The Wizards’ offense has been struggling of late, failing to score more than 103 points in each of the previous five games. It’s obvious that Dallas’ offense is also not playing with full potential as they were kept to double digits in two of the last four games. It’s going to be interesting to see a matchup between Doncic and Beal, and the neutrals will hope for a bunch of points, but considering how the respective rivals are playing lately, it is not going to happen.