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Wizards vs. Mavericks preview: Washington looks to beat Dallas at home

Also, Dirk Nowitzki may play his last game in Washington.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards go for their second consecutive win against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
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The Wizards host the Mavericks on Wednesday night. It could be Dirk Nowitzki’s last game in Washington but you never know, right?

Game Info

When: Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)

Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis (Out, Knee) J.J Barea (Out, Achilles)

What to Watch for

Mavericks are getting blown out

Most of Dallas’ recent losses are not even close. Last Saturday, they lost to the Grizzlies by 30 points and on Monday night the Nets blew them out by 39 points. Being blown out by 39 at the start of a three-game road trip is not a good look for the 13th ranked team in the Western Conference.

Will Bobby Portis put up another double-double?

Portis led the Wizards with 26 points and 12 rebounds in Washington’s win against Minnesota on Sunday evening. It was his fourth double-double as a Wizard and his eighth of the season. The power forward was 10 for 18 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc.

Postgame he said, “Been rebounding the ball pretty well, but haven’t had that good shooting night like I wanted. So, I was due for one and tonight it happened.” Hopefully he’s due for another good shooting night.

Put Sam Dekker in, coach!

Dekker hasn’t seen much playing time lately. From February 8 to March 1, Dekker played a total of 1 minute. However, that changed when he saw the floor for 15 minutes last game. He proved to be efficient with 11 points, going 3-4 from the field and 4-4 from the foul line. He even had 3 assists.

Doesn’t seem like the Wizards, who are 26-37, have much to lose if they give him some more playing time.

A random moment in Wizards - Mavericks history: John Wall dropped 28 points, 10 dimes, 5 steals before leaving the game with an injury in 2015