WASHINGTON, D.C. — Traveling to the nation’s capital in need of a win after dropping their previous six games, the Dallas Mavericks may find themselves in the perfect place after dominating the head-to-head series with the Washington Wizards in recent memory.
The Mavericks (1-10) have won 13 of the last 14 meetings with the Wizards (5-4) and 28 of the last 36 matchups between the teams overall. Dallas has also taken eight straight and 15 of the last 18 meetings between the two teams in D.C. Still, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, his team will have to correct its recent trend of miscues in order to collect a much-needed win on the road.
“Right now, looking at the numbers is probably an unproductive thing. We’ve just got to be a moment-to-moment team,” Carlisle explained. “At the practice (Monday), guys were in the moment and really concentrating on defense, and starting the game (Tuesday) we’ve got to be in the same place. Analyzation and over-analyzation of numbers is a broken record at this point. You know, we’ve got to do something about it.”
The Mavericks have yet to collect a win on the road this season, entering Tuesday’s matchup 0-5 away from home. But in order to collect their first win on the road, the Mavs will admittedly have to raise their level of play at both ends of the court.
The Mavericks are shooting just 42 percent from the field as a team this season, ranking next to last in the NBA. The Mavs are also scoring just 97.9 points per game to rank 28th in that department. Meanwhile, the Dallas defense is allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field through the first 11 games. That said, leading scorer Harrison Barnes knows the Mavericks must lock in on the defensive end if they’re going to steal a win Tuesday night.
“I think live turnovers is great place to start. Defensively, we have to get better. Offensively, I don’t think we’ve had a problem shooting the ball and scoring points, but defensively we’re just letting teams put up 30 points a quarter on us,” Barnes admitted. “We’re giving them 20-plus points a game on turnovers and giving up offensive rebounds, and I think that’s really killed us.”
Note: The Mavericks will now travel to the nation’s capital to complete their road trip Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.
The Mavs return to American Airlines Center next Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.
Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee soreness) — questionable
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out