The Dallas Mavericks travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards on Feb. 7. Can they slow down Bradley Beal and grab a win?
The Dallas Mavericks could be facing an uphill battle on Friday. They may be without five rotation players including their two stars against the Washington Wizards. Fans should check on the status of Kristaps Porzingis, Seth Curry, and J.J. Barea just before tipoff.
The Wizards have won two of their last three games. They are just 17-32 on the season, though. The Mavericks won the first matchup on opening night in Dallas.
Here is everything fans need to know about the Feb. 7 showdown between the Mavericks and Wizards.
Friday’s contest gets underway at 7:00 p.m. ET or 6:00 p.m. local time in Dallas.
How to watch
Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas is where local Mavericks supporters need to tune in to catch the action. Fans in D.C. can watch on NBC Sports-Washington
Hulu Live remains the top online option to stream the game for local Mavs watchers. National viewers can catch it on NBA League Pass.
The NBA’s official injury report features five Mavericks. Luka Doncic (ankle) and Dwight Powell (Achilles) are both out. They have Kristaps Porzingis (facial), Seth Curry (knee), and J.J. Barea (ankle) listed as questionable to face the Wizards.
Washington will be without Thomas Bryant (foot) and John Wall (Achilles) for Friday’s game. No word yet on if Jerome Robinson will play his first game with the team after being acquired just before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.
Supporters should look at the news just before tipoff to catch all the latest.
Storyline to follow: Can the Mavs slow down Beal?
Bradley Beal is as hot as anyone in the NBA right now. He has scored over 34 points in seven straight games. That does not mention his 6.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game during that stretch. Beal is shooting the lights out too. He has hit 53.0 percent from the field and 39.3 percent of his 3-pointers.
The Mavericks will need to slow down his hot streak especially if both Luka and KP are out. Expect Delon Wright to get some additional run on Friday. He and Dorian Finney-Smith will be tasked with guarding Beal.
The Mavericks are going to need 25-plus points from someone too. It will be interesting to see who steps up on Feb. 7. Fans should tune in and enjoy the game.