By: Jeremy Hyman
The Mavericks won the season series, 2-0.
Fast Pace Game - Tonight should be a high-tempo, up-and-down game as these two teams have been near the top of the league in both points per game and points per 100 possessions. Both teams also rank in the top ten in the league in points allowed per game, so we could see a lot of offense in tonight's game. With that said, the Wizards had shut down the Thunder until the final minutes of regulation on Sunday night, so if their defense shows up again like it did on OKC, they could get a road win tonight in Dallas.
Bouncing Back - The Wizards will need to show their resiliency after a gut-wrenching loss in Oklahoma City on Sunday night. They let a 10 point lead slip away in the final three minutes of a game, but need to quickly erase that from their memory. If the Wizards play with the kind of intensity and defensive prowess they showed for the first 45 minutes in Oklahoma City, they will give themselves a good chance to bounce back with a win tonight.
Wizards - Bradley Beal set a career-high with 34 points on Sunday night in Oklahoma City and is starting to emerge as one of the more prolific scorers in the league.
Mavericks - Monta Ellis has scored at least 18 points in all seven games played this season and will be one of the Mavs first options on offense.
Ending the Streak - The Wizards last win over the Mavs came back in October of 2009 when they won in Dallas on opening night. The Mavs have won six straight since then as the Wizards look to put an end to that streak tonight.
The action kicks off at 8:30pm at American Airlines Center.
Bradley Beal is starting to blossom into one of the league's premiere scorers as he went for a career-high 34 on Sunday night in OKC. He's scoring from beyond the arc and at the rim, making him a tough guard for opposing two-guards. Tonight he gets the offensive-minded Monta Ellis, so look for Beal to continue his scoring streak with another big game in Dallas.
Ellis is also a prolific scorer and has been doing for quite some time in the NBA. He's shooting the ball at career-best clip right now (48%) and is capable of scoring 30 on any given night. He's scored at least 18 points and has gotten at least 14 shot attempts off in all seven games this season, so there's no question he'll get his shots, the key will be making them tough shots.
Bradley Beal throws down a monster dunk in the Wizards' overtime win over Brooklyn.