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Wizards vs Mavericks preview: Washington looks to defend home court against league-worst Dallas

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Washington kicks off a four-game homestand on Tuesday against Dallas, followed by games against the Lakers, Hawks and Kings. The homestand presents an opportunity for the Wizards to pad their record against four teams which are all under .500 this season. But when it comes to the Wizards, no team should be taken for granted. As we’ve seen multiple times this season, Washington can push and get the lead against bad teams, but their defense can’t always hold those leads.

Washington and Dallas met up twice last season with Wizards losing both meetings. Dallas’ bench outscored Washington 83 to 45 in those two meetings. Washington will need to fix that in order to avoid losing another winnable game at home.

Game Info

When: Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win Probabilities: Washington has a 90 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s predictor and an 84 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Probable, Shoulder), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Mavericks: Seth Curry (Out, Left Tibia), Dorian Finney-Smith (Out, Knee Soreness)

What to Watch For

Will the real Markieff Morris please stand up?

Two games back from an injury and I guess time heals all things. But how much time are we looking at here? Markieff Morris returned to the lineup against the Cavaliers on Friday and played versus Toronto on Sunday as well. In those two games, he shot a combined 3 for 14 from the field scoring a total of 12 points. Going up against Dallas should hopefully give him a chance to establish some better rhythm against softer competition.

Present or absent John Wall?

The Wizards showed on Sunday that they can survive without John Wall. Bradley Beal played 39 minutes and put up 38 points on 26 shots to help Washington take down one of the best teams in the East on the road. Now, as they face the Mavericks who currently have the worst record in the league, it will be interesting to see if the team considers sitting Wall another game, even if cleared to play, to ensure that shoulder is ready for when the competition gets more difficult.

A random moment in Wizards - Mavericks history: John Wall putting on a show against Dallas in Summer League

Wall only played four games during his one trip to Summer League in 2010, but he made mincemeat of every opponent he faced, including the Mavericks. He had 21 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds in this one as Washington picked up an 88-82 win as part of their 5-0 run in Las Vegas.

For those of you wondering, #28 on the Mavericks is a young Ian Mahinmi.