The Dallas Mavericks are now 26-21 after a 99-86 win against the Knicks last night. It’s the second night of a back-to-back and after both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis played in The Mecca, it’s not certain which Mavericks team we’ll see in this one. Luckily, they’re facing a Wizards team that hasn’t been all that impressive this season.
Washington is one of seven teams in the NBA with a winning percentage lower than 40. Things haven’t been trending in the right direction, either. The Wizards have dropped 10 of their last 13 contests. Since the All-Star Break, the Wizards have the third-worst offensive efficiency in the league despite playing at a way quicker pace than anyone else. Washington is forced to play a track meet every night, as their defense can’t seem to stop anything. The Wizards’ 113.4 defensive rating this season is the fifth-worst in the league. This will be an area the Mavericks — regardless of whoever is on the floor — will look to exploit. Here are a few other things they’ll need to consider to secure a win and continue on their East Coast road trip.