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Wizards (41-25): G - Wall, G - Beal, F - Porter, F - Morris, C - Gortat
Mavs (28-38): G - Ferrell, G - Curry, F - Matthews, F - Barnes, C - Nowitzki
Mavs: Noel (knee) - Questionable | Matthews (calf) - Questionable
Last Time Out
3/13/17: Wizards 104 - Wolves 119
The Wizards had their five-game win streak snapped on Monday night as they dropped their final game of a five-game road trip, 119-104, to the Wolves in Minnesota. John Wall led the team with 27 points, while Bradley Beal added 20.
3/13/17: Mavs 78 - Raptors 100
The Mavs were blown out on Monday night in Toronto at the hands of the Raptors and held to just 78 points in the loss and 36.5% shooting. Harrison Barnes led the Mavs with 18 points, while Dirk Nowitzki added 17.
Season Series with Dallas
The Mavs beat the Wiz, 113-105, back on January 3rd in Dallas behind 26 points from Harrison Barnes. Dallas has beaten the Wiz in seven straight games at Verizon Center and 12 of 13 overall.
What to Watch For
Wizards Back Home
The Wizards return home after spending eight days on the road, a trip in which they went 4-1 with three double-digit comeback wins. In their last home game, they also came back from double digits to beat the Magic and then took that formula on the road for three more come from behind victories. The first game back home after a long trip has always been cause for concern for NBA teams as it often results in fatigue and a letdown, but the Wizards have proven time and time again to be a team refusing to give in to 'schedule losses.' They just went 4-0 on a four games in five nights stretch and refused to use fatigue as an excuse. The Wiz are 26-9 at home this season and 20-3 over their last 23 home games.
Mavs Trying to Make Late Playoff Push
The Mavs got off to a dreadful start, going 4-17 over the first quarter of the season. They have played better as of late, going 6-3 since the All-Star break and won four straight last week in Dallas. However, they are just 8-23 away from home this season, which is the third fewest road wins in the league and they still are the lowest scoring team in the NBA, averaging 98.1 ppg. Dallas' second leading scorer, Wes Matthews, left Monday's game with a calf injury and his status is in question for tonight, which will put more of the onus on some of their other scorers. Harrison Barnes leads the Mavs in scoring, averaging 20.0 ppg, Dirk Nowitzki has averaged just under 20 points per game over his last five and Seth Curry has scored at least 20 points five times since the All-Star break. The Mavs are 3.5 games out of a playoff spot and trying to make a late push for the eight seed.
John Wall scored at least 25 points in all five games out west and is now averaging a career-best 23.1 ppg on the season. He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday as he led the Wiz to a 4-0 road record last week. He already has 43 double-doubles this season and is averaging 10.7 assists per game, joining Russell Westbrook and James Harden as the only players in the league to average a point-assist double-double. The Mavs have a young backcourt and they'll have their hands full trying to slow down the WallStar.
Otto Porter vs. Harrison Barnes
Otto Porter has gone 30/52 from the floor over his last four games and has looked to get back on track after a mini shooting slump. He still leads the NBA in 3-point shooting at 45.3% and has scored in double digits in his last four games. Harrison Barnes has elevated himself into a premiere scorer as the number one option in Dallas and now averages 20 points per game on 47% shooting. These are two of the top forwards in the league under 25 years old and they should have a good battle tonight.