Setting the Table: Washington Wizards (Game 32)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 1, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (12-19) look to start a new beginning in 2013 as they make their lone trip to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards (4-24). As Dirk Nowitzki said after their sixth loss in a row, the Mavericks are now in a “must-win” game. The game will mark the second straight year, and the third time in franchise history, that the Mavericks will play on New Year’s Day. Dallas is 0-2 all-time in New Year’s Day games. The Mavericks lost, 111-105, at New Jersey on Jan. 1, 1983. Dallas also fell, 99-87, at Milwaukee last season on Jan. 1, 2012.

The game will mark the first night of a back-to-back for the Mavericks. Dallas is 1-7 in the first half of a back-to-back and 2-6 in the second half of a back-to-back this season. The Mavericks have 16 back-to-backs in 2012-13, with only one stretch of four games in five nights. In total, 10 back-to-backs are on the road, three begin at home and conclude on the road and three are road-to-home. Dallas played 22 back-to-backs in 2011-12, going 7-15 in the first half and 13-9 in the second half of those back-to-backs.

Washington will be without the services of John Wall, Trevor Booker, Trevor Ariza and A.J. Price. Jordan Crawford is listed as questionable with a sore left ankle. The Wizards went 3-11 during the month of December, so a loss to the Wizards would be very detrimental for the Mavericks.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Wizards

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Setting the Table: Washington Wizards (Game 9)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 14, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (4-4) are looking to avoid a four game losing streak as the Washington Wizards (0-6) come to town. There’s a good reason the Wizards are still looking for their first win of the season: They’re not a very good team. To make matters worse, Washington is hurting in terms of depth. John Wall has yet to play a game this season due to being diagnosed with the early stages of a non-traumatic stress injury in his knee. The team is hoping he’ll be able to return by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Nenê is still dealing with a nagging case of plantar fasciitis that has kept him sidelined since the conclusion of the London Olympics in August and cost him 10 games near the end of last season.

Dallas is in desperate need of a win and they’ll look to do it against Washington.

Here are some notes to get you ready for the game between the Mavericks and the Wizards.

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