The last time the Dallas Mavericks faced the Philadelphia 76ers, it almost seemed as if there were three teams on the floor. Half of the Mavericks played well and kept the game close while the rest of the team shot 29% and at the end of the day – or should we say, near the end of the game – the Mavs turned the ball over on 6 straight possessions and killed their chances.
The game actually bears a great resemblance to the two overtime losses on the recent road trip as the 76ers game almost went into overtime as well.
Philadelphia has had woes of its own. At the time of the last matchup they had a winning record and now they are at .500, have lost 6 of their last 10 and like the Mavericks, this contest follows a 3-game losing streak.
The Sixers aren’t making waves on offense, ranking near the bottom in points scored, nor are they controlling the glass much better than the Mavs. They don’t do a bad job defensively, ranking 9th in points allowed.
Philadelphia is still led by Jrue Holiday, who puts up 18.4 ppg and almost 9 assists. Holiday has benefitted from Andrew Bynum’s ongoing injury but he may miss Tuesday’s game with a foot injury.
Dallas may be without their starting point guard as well as Derek Fisher has a case of the flu and Elton Brand may miss the game with a sore groin. Both are game time decisions.
The key to the game for the Mavericks once again is to play fundamentally sound basketball and most importantly not turn the ball over. There is no reason the Mavs should be outscored or even outrebounded (gasp!) even with Fisher and Brand out but turning the ball over will give any opponent the upper hand.