NBA – WED 3/6 | 7:00 PM EST | CAPITAL ONE ARENA
The Dallas Mavericks suffered their second straight blowout loss and their seventh defeat in the last eight games as they were flattened in Brooklyn. The Mavericks entered Tuesday 13th in the Western Conference, eight games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Dallas trailed by 10 after the opening quarter, by 18 at the half and by 26 after three quarters. The Mavericks shot only 35.6 percent from the field, including 12 of 45 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 48-36. Dwight Powell led The Mavericks with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss.
The Washington Wizards had lost five of their last six before coming up with the win at home over the Timberwolves. The Wizards entered Tuesday 11th in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot. The Wizards were up four after the opening quarter and trailed by two at the half before taking control with a 35-23 third quarter edge. The Wizards didn’t allow the Timberwolves to draw closer than four the rest of the way. The Wizards shot 50 percent from the field, including 11 of 33 from three-point range, and drained 26 of 32 free throw attempts in the win. Bobby Portis led Washington with 28 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
The Mavs are 6-25 on the road and coming off road losses of 39 and 30 points. The Wizards still have some life, as they’ve won two of three and check in at 18-12 at home. There is zero chance Washington will overlook Dallas, as the Mavs have beaten them five straight times. Look for the Wizards to exact some revenge and cover.