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Wizards vs. Mavericks preview: Washington looks to win big against Dallas

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The Washington Wizards are 2-1 on the week and face a strong opponent in Dallas. Last time the Wizards beat the Mavericks at home was January 21, 2008.

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Only the Washington Wizards could beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Tuesday, lose to the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour Lakers at home on Wednesday, and win with the smallest of small lineups on Friday against the Suns. The Wizards are currently 8-9 and the Dallas Mavericks are 11-9.

The last time the Washington Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks at the Verizon Center: January 21, 2008.

Here's to hoping the 10 healthy bodies on the Wiz Squad can win big again at home.

Game Info

When: December 6 @ 6pm EST

Where: Verizon Center

TV: CSN Washington

Radio: WNEW 99.1 FM

Injury Report

Washington will miss 5 players: Alan Anderson, Marcin Gortat, and Nene are out. Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden are questionable.

Dallas guard J.J Barea is still out.

What to Watch For:

Will we see another 30-point game from the Wizards backcourt?

John Wall answered the call of Wizards fans worldwide and has since played explosive and appears to be back to his old ways. Wall produced 35 points, 10 assists and 5 steals in a win against Cleveland and followed up that performance with 34 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds in a home loss against the Lakers.

Bradley Beal had not been playing it to his own expectations of greatness.  And, on Friday evening Big Panda came out aggressive against the backcourt duo of the Phoenix Suns, Beal's stat line for night read as follows: 34 PTS. 9 REB. 5 AST. Hopefully we see more of that aggression tonight against Dallas.

Will the Wizards employ multiple small ball lineup changes?

On Friday night against the Suns, Coach Wittman employed a fourth-quarter lineup that even shocked the players themselves. John Wall, Ramon Sessions, Bradley Beal, Garrett Temple and Otto Porter slowed the Suns down in the final eight minutes of the game, which ultimately allowed to hold on for a win. However, Coach Wittman has been known to surprise and keep everyone on their toes, changing the Wizards lineup as he sees fit:

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