When: Monday, January 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win Probability: Washington has a 47 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)
Mavericks: J.J. Barea (Questionable, Groin), Seth Curry (Out, Leg), Dorian Finney-Smith (Out, Quadricep), Nerlens Noel (Out, Thumb)
What to Watch for
Folks, we’ve got another trap game
The Wizards are riding high after Friday night’s win on national TV over the Pistons, and they’ve got another national TV game to look forward to on Thursday against the Thunder. The challenge, as it has been all season, is to avoid a letdown on Monday as they take on the 15-31 Mavericks.
Even though Dallas has struggled the last two years, they’ve had Washington’s number recently. The Mavericks have won all three of their games against Washington since Scott Brooks took over as the Wizards’ head coach last season, including a 14 point loss earlier this season on the heels of an impressive win in Toronto.
The good news for Washington is the Mavericks are down several players heading into this game, but the key players who led Dallas to victory the first time around (Harrison Barnes, who scored 31, and Dennis Smith, who had 22 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds) are healthy and should give Washington plenty of problems, especially if the Wizards don’t bring their A game.
A random moment in Wizards - Mavericks history: Randy Foye’s first game as a Wizard
It all started so well. Washington opened the 2009-10 season with an eleven point win on the road against the Mavericks, who were coming off a 50-win season and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. Randy Foye was a big part of the victory, scoring 19 points off the bench in his first game with the team.
Unfortunately, that was the team’s high point. The team plummeted, Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton had their saga, and the team’s core was broken up at the trade deadline. Even though Foye played a bigger role on the team after the team’s collapse, he only had seven games all season where he scored more than the 19 he dropped in his first game as a Wizard.