Dallas Mavericks: How the latest news impacts the team in Orlando

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Rick Carlisle (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Bradley Beal out with shoulder injury: How it impacts the Dallas Mavericks

The Wizards announced on Tuesday that Beal would sit out of the restart with a shoulder injury. It is massive news. The two-time All-Star is averaging over 30 points per game this season.

Washington faces an uphill climb to even force a play-in the Eastern Conference. They are 5.5 games behind the eight-seeded Orlando Magic. The Wizards need to close that gap to four games to create a play-in. That seems unlikely with Beal, John Wall, and Davis Bertans out.

If they do close the gap over the seeding contests, Washington would need to defeat the eighth seed in two straight games to qualify for the playoffs. The odds of that happening are not high with three of their top players out.

The Mavericks are attempting to catch the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings during the seeding games. Dallas is currently 1.5 games behind. The Thunder play the Wizards on Aug. 9. Expect OKC to be massive favorites. It will be an important game. Chris Paul will likely lead the Thunder to victory further hurting the Mavs chances of passing the Thunder in Orlando.

Dallas does not face Washington during the restart. Expect Bradley Beal to be fully healthy for the start next season. That means the trade rumors will be swirling too.

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