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Dallas Mavericks preview: Opening night vs. Washington Wizards

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks fans can rejoice because opening night is here. They host the Washington Wizards, but do not assume it is a sure-fire win.

Dallas Mavericks basketball is back. It is the dawning of the Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis era in Dallas. The NBA’s regular season began on Tuesday. The Mavs open their 82-game slate at home against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 23. On paper it looks like an easy win because the Wizards are projected to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings this season.

Nothing is as it appears. The face value doesn’t tell you whole the story. For example, the Phoenix Suns were indisputably the worst team in the Western Conference last season. Regardless of the Suns’ terrible record, the Dallas Mavericks merely managed to split the season series two games to two.

Reset the clock because it is Dallas Mavericks’ opening night. The Wizards, theoretically, aren’t better than Dallas.

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However, playing Devil’s advocate, Bradley Beal, is, without a doubt, the best player on the court between the two teams. The Dallas Mavericks can’t allow marking a W on the schedule just yet. Fans will look at this game and think, “Oh, the Wizards suck, we should blow them out of the water,” and that’s when the mental trap sets.

Despite the Wizards projecting as an Eastern Conference underling, it’s imperative to know the personnel involved in Wednesday night’s matchup. Here is a preview of Wednesday’s 2019-2020 regular season opener between the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards.