NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 25 23 20 32 100
Dallas 24 38 29 17 108
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , October 23, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,816

Porzingis brings new blood as Mavs open vs. Wizards

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Wizards at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Mavericks have gone 18-3 versus the Wizards since 2008-09, their best record versus any single team over that span and tied for the fourth best among all NBA matchups. Dallas has gone 15-4 versus Washington at home since 2000-01.
  2. Washington went 32-50 last season, its worst record since going 29-53 in 2012-13. The Wizards averaged 116.4 points at home but just 111.6 on the road and went 10-31 away from home, the fifth worst road record in the NBA.
  3. Dallas has posted three straight losing seasons after going .500 or better in every season from 1999-00 to 2015-16. The Mavericks opened last season going 15-3 in the first 18 home games but went 9-14 at home from January to the end of the season.
  4. Bradley Beal averaged 22.3 points last season in 32 games with John Wall playing compared to 27.7 in 50 games without Wall. Washington went 11-21 (.344) with both playing compared to 21-29 (.420) with only Beal.
  5. Luka Doncic won NBA Rookie of the Year last season with averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists. He is one of five rookies all-time to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds, along with Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tyreke Evans.
  6. Kristaps Porzingis is expected to make his Mavericks debut; he last played for the Knicks in 2017-18. In that season, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 2.40 blocks. He totaled 378 blocks in 186 games with the Knicks, the most through that many career games with the team since Patrick Ewing (467).

Kristaps Porzingis will make his Dallas debut when the Mavericks host the Washington Wizards in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night.

Porzingis, who missed last season while recovering from an ACL injury, averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 2017-18 for the New York Knicks and will be looking to help the Mavericks end a three-year playoff drought.

The Mavericks also added guards Delon Wright and Seth Curry, who returns to Dallas after spending last season with the Portland Trail Blazers and will look to make defenses pay for focusing on Porzingis and Luka Doncic, the NBA's Rookie of the Year last season.

"I don't think guys will ever leave me wide open, but hopefully I can create space for those guys by my presence out there," Curry told the team's website. "Obviously, they're going to have the ball a lot, and they're both willing and great passers."

One way the Mavericks can improve their postseason chances is with a better opening month. Their last three season starts have been 2-7, 1-10 and 2-13.

"We've got to be a fast-start team, start off fast and then take it from there," guard J.J. Barea told the Dallas Morning News. "The first five games are going to be huge. That little thing right there, get a little confidence in the beginning, I think is going to carry us a long way."

Dallas will likely open its 40th season without projected starting center Dwight Powell, who strained his left hamstring on Oct. 5 and has not gone through a full practice since.

"It's getting there," Powell told reporters on Monday. "Don't want to rush anything too quickly. We want to make sure that when I come back, I can compete at the highest level possible."

Washington opens the season with a lot of new faces, including having someone other than John Wall in the point guard spot for the first time in nine seasons.

The Wizards signed veteran Isaiah Thomas, 30, to a one-year minimum deal in July to fill the spot until Wall's return from an Achilles injury.

Though Thomas' recovery from left thumb surgery is progressing quickly, he may not be ready to start on opening night, meaning Ish Smith would be in the backcourt with Bradley Beal. Thomas completed his first full practice on Sunday and is making coach Scott Brooks' decision about the opener a difficult one.

"The last couple of days he's been catching the ball with no problems," Brooks said Sunday. "He's played in some practice the last [week], but today he went the entirety. We're going to make that decision on what's best for him long term. I'd love to have him for the first game, but we'll see. Probably not, but we'll see."

The Wizards are also expected the be without small forward Troy Brown Jr. (calf injury) Wednesday night.

Beal signed a contract extension during the preseason that will keep him in Washington at least through the 2021-22 season.

"This is where I've been for the last seven years, going on eight, and I have an opportunity to turn this thing around," Beal said of opting to stay for the Wizards rebuild.

Last season, the two-time All-Star became the first player in franchise history to average at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. He averaged 26.7 points per game after the All-Star break.

The Wizards' starting lineup against the Mavericks is also likely to include 22-year-old center Thomas Bryant, the team's second-leading scorer (18.2 points per game) behind Beal last season, and rookie power forward Rui Hachimura.

Washington, which opens with three road games in four nights, hasn't won in Dallas since 2009.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 22, 2019

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