The 36-17 Philadelphia 76ers wrap up a four-game road-trip Monday night in Dallas against the 29-23 Mavericks.
Here’s what to watch:
Simmons-Doncic match up
In three career games vs. the Sixers, Mavs star Luka Doncic has shot 14-of-44 from the floor. On possessions where he was guarded by Ben Simmons on Feb. 25, Doncic was three-for-seven (zero-for-three from three-point range) with four turnovers.
Successfully defending Doncic is always a team effort — pin-point execution in pick-and-roll defense, not helping too far off of shooters, and contesting his shots at the rim without fouling.
Still, the Sixers are fortunate to have Simmons, who’s boosted his case as the league’s best perimeter defender this season. It’s a matchup the Sixers should stick with unless Simmons gets into foul trouble.
Tying to finish another winning road-trip
Despite a bad loss Friday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Sixers can earn a winning road-trip in Dallas.
With a victory, they’d have a 9-3 record away from Wells Fargo Center since the All-Star break. If the season ended Monday, the Sixers’ 16-12 road record would be their best away winning percentage since the 2000-01 season.
The team has a difficult next two weeks, with home games against the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and the Phenix Suns ahead of a mini-series in Milwaukee.
Harris & Green expected to return
Neither Tobias Harris nor Danny Green appeared on the NBA’s official injury report Sunday night.
Green missed the Sixers’ win Saturday with left hip soreness, while Harris was out with right knee soreness.
Harris suffered a right knee contusion in this season’s first Sixers-Mavs matchup and was sidelined for two games with that injury.
When: 7:30 P.M. E.S.T.
Where: American Airlines Center
Broadcast: ESPN, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic