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John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. DALLAS MAVERICKS

Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Returning home

The Wizards just wrapped up a lengthy Western Conference road trip with a loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Monday. The trip ended with a defeat, but was successful overall as the Wizards went 4-1 and won four games on a five-game road swing for just the third time in franchise history.

Now the Wizards come back to D.C. for two of their few remaining home games. They host the Mavs on Wednesday night and the Bulls on Friday. After that only four of their final 14 games are at home. With that tough schedule awaiting, taking care of business against a bad team like Dallas at home is extra important.

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Mavericks a bit different this time

The Mavericks beat the Wizards in the first matchup between these teams on Jan. 3. After that win, Dallas sat 11-24 on the season and in last place. Since, they have gone 17-14 and have won six of their last nine games leading into Wednesday. 

Dallas traded for Nerlens Noel at the deadline and he has helped. But central to their recent turnaround has been the play of Seth Curry. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 18.4 points on 52.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. Dirk Nowitzki is also still getting it done with 15.1 points and nine rebounds per game since the break. And Harrison Barnes continues to play well with 19.9 points per game since the break.

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Looking at the standings

The last 48 hours have demonstrated well just how nerve-racking this race in the Eastern Conference could ultimately become. The Wizards absolutely want to finish with a top-3 seed in the East to ensure they will not have to face the Cavaliers until the Eastern Conference Finals, if they are fortunate enough to make it that far. Even John Wall has admitted as much. But they also want that second spot if possible because that would mean home court advantage if they were to meet the Celtics in the second round.

The Wizards woke up Monday in second place in the East, but a loss for them later and they are now third once again. The Wizards and Celtics meet for a final time on March 20 in Boston, but these two teams will likley be jockeying for position against other teams throughout the rest of the regular season.

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