The Dallas Mavericks got off to a horrible start this season, but they are playing some good basketball right now. The Mavericks have climbed their way back to .500 at 15-15 bit now they must travel to Philadelphia to face the 21-11 Sixers. The Mavericks have won their last three games against the Sixers, including a two game sweep last season. Can the Sixers end their losing streak against the Mavs?
Mavericks back on trackIt's taken a while for the Dallas Mavericks to get it together this season, but they are starting to look like the team that made the playoffs last season. The Mavericks have won 6 of their last 7 games and have improved to 15-15. They are coming off a thrilling 110-107 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
The Mavs were once again playing without Kristaps Porzingis who had lower back stiffness. They were also without Maxi Klieber. But they still had Luka Doncic and he was enough. Doncic made two huge three pointers in the final seconds, including the game winner with 0.1 second left. Doncic had 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jalen Brunson was also huge, with 22 points off the bench with 5 three-pointers. Josh Richardson added 16 points. Both Porzingis and Kleber are questionable for Thursday's game.
Sixers top RaptorsThe Philadelphia 76ers have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 21-11. The Sixers have won 3 of their last 4 games including a 109-102 win at Toronto on Tuesday. The Sixers made 17 three-pointers and shot a blistering 45% from long range. They also dominated the Raptors on the boards, out rebounding them 54-38. The Sixers made 17 three-pointers and they did it without their best shooter, Seth Curry, who was out with an ankle injury.
But Furkan Korkmaz stepped up, in a spot start, to fill the shooting void left by Curry. Korkmaz had 19 points with 5 three-pointers. Joel Embiid led the Sixers with a double double. He had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Tobias Harris had 23 points with 3 three pointers to lead the Sixers in scoring while Ben Simmons had 15 points. Shake Milton and Danny Green, both of whom had 11 points, also each had 3 three-pointers. Curry remains questionable for Thursday's game.
Stats & Trends
- Mavericks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Mavericks are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Mavericks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Sixers are 10-5 at home ATS
The Dallas Mavericks are clearly back in the mix and they are playing really good basketball right now. Their win over the Celtics on Tuesday was the latest confirmation of that fact. But this is not a game they will win. After the high of that buzzer beating win, they now have to travel across the country to Philly to face the best team in the conference. And without Porzingis, and to a lesser extent, Kleber, the Mavericks have no chance to stopping Embiid. He will destroy them inside. He'll destroy them even with Porzingis and Kleber, but without them, forget it. Take the Sixers here in an easy cover at home.