John Wall-Dennis Smith Duel Highlights Wizards-Mavs Matchup

Matthew Jordan

Monday, November 5, 2018 2:32 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 2:32 PM UTC

Looks to be a very interesting point guard matchup on Tuesday night between mentor and mentee when the Washington Wizards visit the Dallas Mavericks.

Washington (2-7 SU, 2-7 ATS) at Dallas (2-7 SU, 5-4 ATS)Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)Free NBA Pick: OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Just a four-game schedule Tuesday in the NBA, and my cohort Jordan Sharp will have a preview of Bucks at Blazers. Wizards at Mavericks is the lone national TV game of the night on NBA TV. Neither of these teams are very good – really not sure why Washington has been so bad – but there’s one clear story line for this game:

John Wall vs. Dennis Smith Jr. in a point guard matchup of speed.

Most believe that Wall is the fastest end-to-end player in the NBA and on the short list of fastest ever. The former Kentucky star is a freaking blur. Wall is just 28, but he could have a challenger for that throne very soon in the Mavs’ 20-year-old Smith, in his second season. Wall was Smith’s boyhood hero, and Wall has been following Smith since the latter was in high school and Wall has been in Smith's corner since the Maverick was in high school, and Wall and Kentucky coach John Calipari went to a tournament in Atlanta to watch Smith.

Smith faced Wall as a professional for the first time on Nov. 17, 2017. Dallas pulled a 113-99 upset in D.C. and Smith had 22 points, eight rebounds and a team-high eight assists. He became the youngest player in Mavericks history to record a 20-point game and second rookie in franchise history to have at least 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a game (Jason Kidd). Wall was no slouch with 23 points and 14 assists.

Washington also lost in Dallas last season, 98-75. Smith had 17 points and 16 assists, while Wall was just 4-for-16 for 11 points. So far, the kid has the upper hand! The Mavs have won seven of the past eight at home in the series and 15 of the past 16 overall.

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Both Teams Struggling

Both clubs come off games vs. the Knicks. The Mavs have been off since losing at home to New York 118-106 on Friday. Smith led the Mavs with 23 points but turned it over six times. Rookie Luka Doncic had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. He might not play Tuesday, though, as he’s dealing with a sore ankle and didn’t practice Tuesday. Then again, Doncic practiced Monday so he probably well. He leads the team in scoring at 19.4 ppg. Dirk Nowitzki has yet to play this season off left ankle surgery and he’s not close. Backup point guard Devin Harris (hamstring) is also out.

I’m frankly shocked that Scott Brooks, who played 100 games for Dallas, is still employed as the Wizards coach. He truly might have been fired if the Wizards hadn’t stopped a five-game losing streak Sunday by beating the visiting Knicks 108-95. Wall had 26 points, seven assists and five steals, while Bradley Beal had 22 points and eight rebounds.

Dwight Howard, in his second game of the year, had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Otto Porter sat Sunday with a bruised left big toe, with Kelly Oubre starting in Porter’s spot. Obviously too early to tell if Porter will play Tuesday, but he hasn’t been very good in averaging 10.4 points and shooting an ugly 28.1 percent from deep. The previous two seasons, he was one of the better 3-point shooters in the league. Porter also did practice Monday so that's a good sign. Washington is an awful defensive team; New York was the first time held under triple digits.

  • Over is 6-2 in Wizards last 8 vs. Western Conference.
  • Over is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 home games.

Two lousy defensive teams with the Mavs allowing 116.8 ppg and the Wizards last at 120.7 ppg. We like the ‘over’ for a Tuesday NBA pick.

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