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Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards Predictions and Preview for 4/1/2022

Dallas Mavericks takes on Washington Wizards on 4/1/2022 at 7:10PM.

The Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards face off in an important game for both teams. Dallas Mavericks has a record of 48-29 this regular season. Washington Wizards is 33-43 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Dallas Mavericks Team Defense Preview


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They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 109.0 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Dallas Mavericks Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.0, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .566 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .533, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .436 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .345 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .767 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.5% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Washington Wizards Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 114.0, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

Washington Wizards Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 110.9, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .567 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .530, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .358 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .339 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .785 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.0% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Dallas Mavericks Roster

The Players to Watch for Dallas Mavericks

Dorian Finney-Smith 6-7 220 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Jalen Brunson 6-1 190 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Luka Dončić 6-7 230 PG

He is a candidate for the All-Star Game this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Washington Wizards Roster

The Players to Watch for Washington Wizards

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6-5 204 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Kyle Kuzma 6-9 221 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Deni Avdija 6-9 210 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Washington Wizards Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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