Three Things to Watch: Mavericks at Wizards 11/19

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Jan 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) passes the ball past Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Mavericks won 87-78. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams enjoying winning streaks will meet Wednesday night at the Verizon Center as the Dallas Mavericks (8-3) look to take down the host Washington Wizards (7-2).

The Mavericks, entering the game on a four-game winning streak, have outscored their last four opponents (Charlotte, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Sacramento) by a combined 102 points.

The Wizards have squeaked by their last three opponents (Orlando, Detroit and Indiana) by a combined 16 points.

Dallas comes into Wednesday night’s game looking to keep pace with their Southwest Division opponents, arguably the best division in the NBA. Despite an 8-3 record, the Mavericks sit in third place behind Memphis and Houston.

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Washington holds a two-game lead over Miami in the Southeast and looks to stay undefeated at home this season, where head coach Randy Wittman wants to win at least 30 games.

Wednesday night’s match-up will be the first of two between both teams this season.

Last season, Dallas took both meetings against Washington. Nearly a year ago, on Nov. 12, the Mavericks dropped the Wizards to 2-5 with a 105-95 loss despite a game-high 27 points from Trevor Ariza.

Dallas then handed Washington an 87-78 loss to start the new year on Jan. 1 behind 23 points from Monta Ellis.

Here are three things to watch in Wednesday night’s game, which can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Washington at 7 p.m.

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