The Dallas Mavericks have been at their best at home, allowing them to overcome early struggles on the road.
Given their success versus the Washington Wizards - as well as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis' performances against them - they appear to have a good chance to remain undefeated on their home floor when they face Washington on Tuesday night.
Dallas (4-3), winner of six in a row and 17 of 22 matchups with the Wizards, has won all of its three home games while averaging 117.3 points. The Mavericks haven't been nearly as effective on the road, averaging 18.0 fewer points in four contests.
They earned their lone road victory Saturday, 91-83 over Milwaukee. Monta Ellis scored 18 against his former team while Nowitzki had 16, but they combined to go 0 for 6 on 3-point attempts.
The duo did hit 12 for 13 from the free-throw line.
"(Ellis) and Dirk are our two best players," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We expect a lot out of those guys every night."
Ellis has averaged 25.9 points...