The Washington Wizards (9-43) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (30-23) on Monday, February 12th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and televised on BSSW. The Mavericks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Thunder. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Wizards vs Mavericks
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Tyus Jones scored 25 for Washington against the 76ers which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 48.8%. Kyle Kuzma contributed 21 points, but Washington lost the game 119-113.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Mavericks, the Wizards are 9-43 overall and are hoping to get back to .500. Currently, they are 14th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Southeast division.
So far, Washington is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 24-27. In their last three games as favorites, the Wizards have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 24-24 against the spread when they are underdogs.
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Mavericks bested the Thunder with a score of 146-111. The Mavericks entered the game as the underdogs by +1.5, resulting in both a straight-up and ATS win. The over/under line entering this matchup was 238.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Wizards, the Mavericks are above .500 with a record of 30-23. When looking at their 53 games, the Mavericks have gone 19-18 vs. Western Conference teams and 11-5 in non-conference play.
Currently, Dallas holds an above .500 ATS record of 28-25 so far this year. Dallas has gone 18-11 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 10-14 when playing as underdogs.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Through 52 games games, Washington is averaging 114.8 points per game (17th).
On the season, the Wizards are 17th in the NBA in scoring at 114.8 points per game. However, they have been a better offensive team on the road, averaging 115.3 points compared to 114.2 at home. In terms of field goal percentage, Washington is 15th in the league at 47%.
One area where the Wizards have excelled is in their ability to get to the free-throw line. They are 24th in free throw attempts but have made 16.2 per game (23rd). In terms of three-point shooting, Washington is 27th in the league at 35%.
When it comes to pace, the Wizards are the fastest team in the NBA, averaging 102.4 possessions per game. In terms of assists, Washington is 9th in the league at 28 per game.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Dallas is averaging 118.8 points per contest. This figure places them 7th in the league.
At home, the Mavericks are 8th in the NBA in scoring at 120.8 points per game. Overall, they are 7th in the league at 118.8 points per game. In terms of pace, Dallas is 12th in the NBA.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Mavericks are 2nd in the NBA in both makes (15.2 per game) and attempts (40.6 per game). They are also 8th in two-point field goal percentage at 56%.
So far, the Mavericks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 58.5% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Dallas is 13th at 47%.
Wizards Team Defense
So far, the Wizards’ defense is ranked 30th in the league at 123.9 points per contest. The Washington defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.0% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Washington.
Mavericks Team Defense
The Mavericks’ defense is presently ranked 21st in the league, allowing an average of 117.9 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 56.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.9% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Wizards And Mavericks
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kyle Kuzma will be the primary scorer for the Wizards, with 21 points and going 8/18 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 21.8 points per game, in addition to 6.3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Luka Doncic to be the top scorer for the Mavericks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 32, and he is expected to secure 8 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 49.1%, and he is contributing 34.5 points per game on average.
Wizards vs Mavericks Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Washington has an ATS record of 7-3 while averaging 113 per game. The team went 4-6 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games at home, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 7-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 116 points per game in these contests.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Wizards have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 6-4. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.
We’re calling a win for the Mavericks, with a final score of 147-112, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Mavericks at -14.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 248.5 and given that our model is projecting 259 points between the teams, we like the over.
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