Dallas at Washington Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Tuesday,March 14, 2017 9:22, EDT in

The Washington Wizards are tied for the most home wins in the NBA this week and the Wiz return from a tough road trip through the Western Conference on Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs have largely owned the Wiz this decade but Washington will be a solid NBA odds favorite.

Dallas at Washington Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, March 15, 7 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: NBA League Pass
Stream: NBA.tv
Radio: Dallas / Washington
Opening NCAAB Lines: Wizards favored by TBA

Why Bet On Dallas?

Will the Mavs have Nerlens Noel for this one? He has played really well since being acquired from Philadelphia last month but sat out a third straight game Monday in Toronto with knee soreness. Noel said his knee was a “little too uncomfortable” to play Monday, but said it was a “close decision.” He added that the swelling is going down and he sounded confident about his status for Wednesday’s game.

With a 100-98 loss to the Suns on March 11, the Mavericks saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. It matched their longest winning streak of the season (Dallas also won four straight from 1/29-2/3). It also snapped a six-game home winning streak for Dallas (Dallas won six in a row at home from 2/25-3/10). The Mavericks went 4-1 on their recent five-game homestand (3/3-3/11). In a stretch that saw them play 7-of- 8 at home from 2/25-3/11, the Mavericks went 6-2 overall and 6-1 at home in that span.

Dirk Nowitzki posted his seventh double-double of the season (404th career) with a team-high- tying 23 points (10-14 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, 2-3 FTs), including 19 in the first half (13 in the first quarter), to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes vs. Phoenix. Nowitzki tallied 20-plus points for the second time in his last three games (seventh time this season). He also pulled down 10-plus boards for the sixth time in his last 10 games (ninth time this season), and recorded a double-double for the fifth time in his last 10 outings.

First-year Maverick Harrison Barnes is having a breakout season in 2016-17. The former seventh overall pick from the 2012 NBA Draft is averaging a career-high (team-high) 20.1 points per game in a career-high 35.9 minutes per game this season. He is shooting 47 percent (517-of- 1,100) from the field and a career-high 85.4 percent (205-of- 240) from the foul line this year. Barnes has dropped 30-plus points six times in 2016-17, after he reached 30 just once in his first four seasons with Golden State.

The Mavericks have won 12 of the last 13, 14 of the last 16, and 27 of the last 35 meetings with the Wizards. Dallas leads the 2016-17 season series, 1-0, having defeated Washington 113-105 at home on Jan. 3. The Mavericks have taken seven straight and 14 of the last 17 meetings in D.C.

Why Bet On Washington?

After a slumping out of the All-Star break, Otto Porter is heating up once again. The Wiz traded for Bojan Bogdanovic at the deadline and it seemed to impact Porter negatively. In Washington’s first seven games after the All-Star break, Porter averaged 8.3 points while shooting just 36.4 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from 3-point territory. However, over his last two games, Porter has scored 40 points while shooting 65.4 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from downtown. Porter Jr. has scored 15+ points 26 times this season (Wizards are 18-8) in those games, 10-4 when scoring 20+ points.

Washington is 16-1 when holding its opponent under 100 points this season and the Wizards are 18-7 when each member of the starting five each score double figures. Washington has an NBA-best 25 games in which all five starters have scored 10+ points (Detroit has 16, Denver with 15).

Washington had its largest comeback of the season (21 points) at Portland on March 11, one of 11 of at  least 20 points in the NBA this season. Washington has six more March road games to five home games. The Wizards have four of six April games on the road. The Wizards are 36-8 when shooting better than .450 from the field and 20-5 when holding opponent under a .450 clip.

Washington is 35-12 (.745) over the last 47 games, including an 25-6 (.806) record in the last 31 and 7-3 (.700) over the last 10. The 35 wins since Dec. 5 is tied for the most in the NBA with Golden State and San Antonio. During that time the Wizards have shot .485 from the field (second in NBA) and averaged 111.6 points per contest (fourth in NBA). The 25-6 record since Jan. 6 is the most wins in the NBA (San Antonio with 22, Golden State and Miami at 21).

In the first meeting with Dallas, John Wall led Washington with 27 points and Bradley Beal added 25 for the Wizards. Dallas trailed by nine points in the third quarter before rallying on the strength of 11-for- 16 3-point shooting in the second half.

Dallas at Washington Betting Pick: Washington Wizards

That Dallas winning streak in DC comes to an end.