Wizards Start Five-Game Trip Without Hachimura
The Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers pulled off one of the first semi-major deals of the NBA trade period, with Washington sending Rui Hachimura to Los Angeles for Kendrick Nunn and some picks. Without a key component, the Wizards will try to solve Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks – who need to make a move or two of their own – on Tuesday.
Washington Seeks Third Straight Win
Although the move might suggest the Wizards are thinking more of their future than their present, they’re playing some better ball lately. They’ve won two in a row and nine of 15 to hang around in the back end of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Of course, Hachimura was the key to their latest win, a 138-118 rout of Orlando on Saturday. He had 30 points in 30 minutes off the bench, giving Washington an opportunity to sell high.
Of greater importance to the Wizards’ immediate hopes is the condition of Kristaps Porzingis. He left the contest with an ankle sprain and has been ruled out in what would’ve been his first game in Dallas since being traded away. Consider his absence when placing a bet online.
Neither Porzingis nor Bradley Beal was active when the Wizards knocked off the Mavericks in the first meeting earlier this season. Kyle Kuzma was, and he had 36 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the victory.
Mavericks Stumbling Down West Standings
It wasn’t long ago that the Mavericks had won seven in a row. Nightly highlight reels were filled with shots of Doncic delivering one of those devilish grins he gives after making some impossible shot over a helpless defender.
We warned you at the time that it might be fool’s gold, as three of the wins were against the Rockets and one against the Spurs. Fast forward a few weeks and we see Dallas mired in a 3-7 tailspin, with Sunday’s 112-98 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers the latest blow.
The Mavericks were interested in Hachimura themselves, according to reports. They figure to be active very soon to address some critical needs, namely rebounding. Dallas was outrebounded 46-38 by the Clippers and ranks last in the league in rebounds per game (38.6).
Doncic has hit a tiny bit of a snag as well. Over his last eight games, he is averaging 30.4 points (a hefty total but over three points below his season average) while shooting 44.7% (a so-so mark but roughly five percentage points below his season average). He’s also missed two games in that stretch, so this is definitely not the most dominant portion of Doncic’s season, something to consider when you’re online gambling on this one.
Wizards vs Mavericks Game Injuries
Wizards vs Mavericks Head-to-Head
Washington’s win in the first matchup was its third straight against Dallas. The Wizards are averaging 123.0 points over their last four in the series.
Wizards vs Mavericks Game Information
- Game: Wizards (20-26) vs Mavericks (25-23)
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Wizards vs Mavericks live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Wizards vs Mavericks Betting Lines
Wizards vs Mavericks Picks and Prediction
Dallas is last in the league against the spread (16-30-2). It has been better after a loss (10-11-1) and the squad should be playing with some purpose in this one. The Mavericks need to show something in front of a fan base that’s getting a bit fidgety, waiting for some better results.
With no Porzingis and no Hachimura, Washington will have some depth issues and could fade late. Take a desperate Dallas team against a Wizards squad that will need a few games to find a new rhythm.
Dallas is listed at -275 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Mavericks, you have a chance to win $36. Washington is +225, offering a chance to win $225 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Dallas a 73.33% chance to win, with the Wizards at 30.77%.