The 76ers return home from their four-game trip with ideas of snapping their three-game losing streak. They will need to slow down the high-powered offense of tonight’s opponent – the Dallas Mavericks
On March 2nd in Dallas, the 76ers fell to the Mavericks in an up-and-down game, 133-126. A lot of three-pointers were taken and a lot of them made. Which turned out to be the difference in the game on that Thursday night. 25 made threes by Dallas to Philadelphia’s 12 proved to be a big part of the outcome. Both teams made a total of 45 field goals and the Sixers made six more free throws. But it was enough to overcome the Mavericks hot shooting. The backcourt of Luka Doncic (42) and Kyrie Irving (40) combined for 82 points in the win. Including 12 of Dallas’ 25 triples on the evening. Those two were tremendous.
For Philadelphia to get back on track and collect a win tonight, they’ll have to make it a point to defend the perimeter much better than they did in Dallas earlier this month. Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers with 35, Tyrese Maxey returned home and got the start that night dropping 29 and James Harden put together a double-double of 27 points and 13 assists with six turnovers.
Speaking of turnovers – it has become an all-too-common theme for this group where turnovers continue to haunt them. If they are to give themselves any chance, the basketball must be valued against this Dallas team that isn’t great on the defensive end. Value every possession and that should result in a victory.
The 76ers have won five of the last six in Philadelphia against Dallas and have a record of 26-11 at home this season with four more to play at The Center including tonight. It’s very simple – protect your home floor. Embiid missed the last game against Denver due to right calf tightness, Harden has skipped the last four because of left Achilles soreness. Both are still listed as questionable for tonight’s game.