Mavericks (31-20) at Wizards (17-32)
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Place: Capital One Arena, Washington
Radio: ESPN, 103.3 FM, Univision, 1270 AM (Spanish)
About the Mavs: They have gone just 10-10 in their last 20 games, but the good news is that the schedule turns very much in their favor for the next month. Of their next 12 games bridging the All-Star break, 10 of them are against teams with losing records . . . Injuries are a major concern as Kristaps Porzingis (broken nose), Seth Curry (left knee tightness) and J.J. Barea (left ankle sprain) all are questionable. Luka Doncic will miss his fifth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle and Dwight Powell (Achilles surgery) is out . . . Porzingis has been on a serious roll, going for at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in three consecutive games. He’s joined Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Doncic as the only players to have such a streak this season . . . They traditionally play very well in Washington. Though they lost there last season, they had won their previous nine visits and overall have won 17 of the last 19 games against the Wiz, including the season opener this season in Dallas . . . In that game, the Mavericks started Courtney Lee, Delon Wright and Maxi Kleber alongside Doncic and Porzingis. That was the only time Rick Carlisle has started that group, which is one of 19 different starting lineups this season.
About the Wizards: Unlike the Mavericks, the Wizards were very active at Thursday’s trade deadline, dealing guards Isaiah Thomas and Jordan McRae, acquiring Shabazz Napier and Jerome Robinson. It is not known if either of those players will be available tonight . . . They staved off many attempts around the league to pry loose sharpshooting big man Davis Bertans . . . The Wizards are in the midst of a six-game home stand and are 2-1 so far with wins over Charlotte and Brooklyn and a loss to Golden State. They are 11-12 at home this season . . . Guard Bradley Beal is their most dangerous player, averaging 29.2 points per game and he normally is part of one of the league’s most potent backcourts with John Wall, but Wall will miss the season while rehabbing his Achilles tear . . . Rookie Rui Hachimura returned from a groin injury to score 11 points on Tuesday against the Warriors. He averages 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds and has been chosen to play in the Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend . . . Projected starting lineup is purely a guess after the trades, but it could be: Ian Mahinmi, Hachimura, Beal, Gary Payton II and Troy Brown.