Mavericks vs. Wizards Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 24 (Doncic & Co. Survive Scare From Washington)

Devon Platana
Dallas Mavericks vs Washington Wizards prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
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Mavericks vs. Wizards Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 PM ET
  • Venue: American Airlines Center -- Dallas, Texas
  • Coverage: BSSW and NBCS-DC

The Dallas Mavericks (25-23) play host to the Washington Wizards (20-26) in one of seven NBA matchups slated for Tuesday, Jan. 24.

After a solid start to the 2022-23 campaign, the Mavericks have looked terrible lately. Sunday's 112-98 loss to the LA Clippers marked Dallas' sixth loss in its last eight games. On the other hand, the Wizards have won each of their last two outings, most recently scoring a 138-118 win over the Orlando Magic this weekend.

Can a rowdy American Airlines Center crowd help the Mavericks return to prominence? Or will the Wizards continue their winning ways at the host team's expense?

Mavericks vs. Wizards Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: WSH: (+225) | DAL: (-280)
  • Spread: WSH: +7 (-108) | DAL: -7 (-112)
  • Total: 226 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Mavericks enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 226 points with -110 odds on both sides.

Mavericks vs Wizards Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Mavericks -7.5 - - 225.5 -112 -108 -290 235

Mavericks vs. Wizards Betting Trends

  • The Mavericks covered 46 times in 82 matchups with a spread last season.
  • The Wizards' ATS record as underdogs of 7.5 points or greater was 6-9 last year.
  • Mavericks games hit the over 31 out of 82 times last season.
  • In 82 Wizards games last season, 45 of them went over the total.

Mavericks vs. Wizards Prediction & Pick

The Mavericks might be the clear-cut favorites, but it's been hard trusting them lately due to a lack of defense. Though the Mavs only allow 112.2 PPG this season (No. 8), they've allowed an average of 119.5 over their last eight games. What's even worse is that they've surrendered at least 130 points in three of their last five outings.

Making matters worse is that the Mavericks already lost 113-105 to the Wizards back in November. Washington has had its road struggles this season, but the Wizards have won four of their last six road games, even beating solid teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings over that stretch.

I still think that the Mavericks will win tonight due to Luka Doncic's presence (33.3 PPG over his last 10 games), but the Wizards will make it a lot closer than the odds imply.

Final Score Prediction: Mavericks: 117 | Wizards: 114

Mavericks vs. Wizards Best Bet

It's too hard for me to trust the Mavericks as -7 favorites. On top of being 1-4 ATS in its last five games, Dallas has failed to cover the spread in nine of its last 12 outings in January. That's not even to mention it is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games against the Southeast Division.

Meanwhile, the Wizards have covered the spread in seven of their last eight games against the Mavericks. Having already beaten Dallas by eight points two months ago, I see the Wizards covering the spread with the potential of upsetting the Mavs.

Bet: Wizards +7 (-112)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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