The Dallas Mavericks look to continue their road success when they face the Washington Wizards in NBA action on Saturday. The Mavericks (26-21), who are 6-4 over their last 10 games, are 15-11 on the road and are 11-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Wizards (17-30), who have struggled of late and are 3-7 in their past 10 games, are just 10-15 at home. Although the teams have split the past two season series, Dallas has won six of the past eight games in the series. Kristaps Porzingis (knee, rest) is out for the Mavericks, while Bradley Beal (hip) is questionable for the Wizards.
The game from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The Mavericks are averaging 112.2 points per game, while the Wizards average 114.0. Dallas is a 4.5-point favorites in the latest Mavericks vs. Wizards odds, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 227.5. Before finalizing any Wizards vs. Mavericks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Mavericks vs. Wizards spread: Mavericks -4.5
- Mavericks vs. Wizards over-under: 227.5 points
- Mavericks vs. Wizards money line: Mavericks -190, Wizards +170
- DAL: The Mavericks are 15-11 against the spread on the road this season
- WAS: The Wizards are 9-7 against the spread as home underdogs this season
Why the Mavericks can cover
Luka Doncic continues to lead the Mavericks' offense, averaging 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.9 assists and one steal per game. Dallas has five total players averaging 12.6 points or more, including forward Tim Hardaway Jr., who is averaging 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Hardaway scored 14 points on Friday against the New York Knicks. Earlier in the week, he poured in 30 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Point guard Jalen Brunson has also been a big part of the Mavericks' offense, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He is connecting on 53.6 percent of his shots from the floor, including 39.7 percent from 3-point range, and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. He has one double-double this season and had a season-high 31 points at Chicago on Jan. 3.
Why the Wizards can cover
If Beal can't go, look for huge production from point guard Russell Westbrook, who has also been prolific on offense, averaging a triple-double with 21.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game. Westbrook has notched 18 triple-doubles on the season, the most in a career in Washington history, and has recorded at least a double-double in 34 games.
He has scored 20 or more points 24 times. He became the first player in franchise history to have a game with at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists when he finished with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists against the Utah Jazz on March 18.
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