- What: Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards
- Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
- Location: Capital One Arena
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBCSWA, Bally Sports SW-DAL, NBA League Pass
The NBA is at the midpoint of Week 4 of the 2022-23 season. Teams are getting their feet under themselves while at the same time looking to establish their place in the pecking order of their respective division and conference. On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks, who made it to the 2022 NBA Western Conference Finals, face off against the Washington Wizards, who finished last season outside the postseason and with a losing record.
The Mavericks are nine games into their 2023 NBA campaign. The team is sporting a 6-3 record. Meanwhile, the Wizards have played 11 games in the 2023 NBA season. Washington has a 5-6 record.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards picks – November 10, 2022
Dallas Mavericks breakdown
Dallas opened the season with a 2-3 record, but a recent homestand helped the team to a winning record. The Mavericks played five games at home between October 30 and November 7. The club lost the first of those contests to Oklahoma City in overtime, but ran off four straight wins after that setback. However, three of those games were incredibly close, with the largest winning margin being three points.
Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks and it’s no surprise that he is at top of the team in most stats this early in the 2023 NBA season. Doncic leads Dallas in points (36), rebounds (8.4), assists (8.3), steals (1.9) and minutes on the court (36.8). The only significant stat Doncic is not leading the Mavericks in is blocks, but he’s not far off the mark set by team-leading Maxi Kleber (0.9) with 0.6.
Dallas is the eighth-highest-scoring road team this season with 115 points per game. As for defense, Dallas is in the bottom half of the league, giving up the same number of points (115) per game on the road.
Washington Wizards breakdown
The Wizards have not been consistent early in the 2023 NBA season. The team opened the year with two wins and then went 3-6. Washington ended a two-game losing skid with a 108-100 win over Charlotte on Monday.
The Wizards will be without their best player on Thursday, as Bradley Beal has been ruled out of the game due to COVID-19 protocols. Beal, who is in his 11th year with the franchise, leads the team in points (21.6), assists (5.7), steals (0.9) and court time (35.1 minutes).
Kristaps Porzingis, who joined Washington in a deadline trade last season with the Dallas Mavericks, is having a good start to his season. Porzingis is second on the team in points (19.2) and leads the team in rebounds (8.2) and blocks (1.3) on 30.8 minutes per game.
Washington is near the bottom of the NBA in home scoring at 107.2 points per game. The Wizards allow their opponents to score an average of 114.4 points per game at Capital One Arena. The only teams with a worse home scoring average than the Wizards are the LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.
With the way these two teams are playing and the fact that the Wizards are going to be without their best player for this matchup, the best bet for the Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards game is for the Mavericks to win.
Pick: Dallas Mavericks to beat the Washington Wizards.
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