The Sixers are undefeated in 2019 and look to keep that streak going Saturday night against the Mavericks. Coming home for their first game after a west coast trip where the team went 3-1 (3-2 including the Christmas Day game in Boston), the Sixers enter tonight’s game with a 25-14 record, good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
Things haven’t been easy recently for the team, though, as both of their last two wins became nail biters after blowing huge leads late in the game. Against the Clippers, it was a 24-point lead, and in Phoenix, the advantage was as large as 30. By the end of each game, Philadelphia did leave with another tally in the win column.
After two close calls on the west coast, you would think all the talk would be about the late game troubles. Well, think again! ESPN broke a story just yesterday about Jimmy Butler “aggressively challenging” coach Brett Brown about his role on the team. What comes of this news has yet to be seen, but the reaction to Butler tonight in Philadelphia may be a little different than what we’ve seen so far in his tenure here (should he play). Both Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler missed last game against the Suns with upper respiratory infections, and it is still up in the air whether either of them plays tonight.
With all of this off-court drama going on, the team looks to shift its focus to the Dallas Mavericks (18-20 on the season). Impressive rookie Luka Dončić is averaging a strong 19.5 points per game in his first year. But he doesn’t just score, also putting up 6.6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. This is the second matchup between the two teams this season, the Sixers having won the first, 120-114.
Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks
When: 7:30 pm EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic