Dallas Mavericks play a key battle

Dallas Mavericks play a key battle

The Dallas Mavericks will go against the Philadelphia 76ers in a match that will dictate their place in the standings. This is also an important match for the 76ers as they are also aiming to seal their spot in the standings. Last season, these two teams met for two times in the regular season, splitting their results. With both teams having an MVP-like members in their squad, expect this match to be an explosive one. After all, they are teams who need wins if they want an advantage in the playoffs. This meeting will be on March 3, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), with the Mavericks as the hosts.

Joel Embiid of the 76ers, and Luka Doncic of the Mavericks make their meeting an exciting one, considering their talents. These two are probably one of the main reasons why their respective teams are in a good place. The hosts are in the Western Conference, while the visitors belong to the Eastern Conference. In the standings, the hosts are at the seventh, with 32 wins from their 63 matches. They still do not have the twice-to-beat advantage they are aiming for, which is why they are hungry for wins. The visitors on the other hand is at the third in the East, but remains to unsure of their advantage. They won 40 of their 61 matches, which gives them the confidence coming in this game.

Dallas Mavericks

NBA: Dallas Mavericks
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Few games after the surprising trade or Irving to the Mavericks, it seems like his talent does not compliments with his team yet. This is not surprising though, as it will really take time before they play well with each other. They are coming from a loss against the Lakers on their last match. It is a disappointing loss because they relaxed on the second half, causing them to blow a 27-point lead. With Kyrie and Luka playing together, the Mavericks only managed to record one win. When it comes to their field goals, the Mavericks are doing quite well, as they are making 47.4% successful shots in the field. However, they failed to be as impressive beyond the arc, as they only make 36.7%. This is also the case for their shots in the charity stripe, making only 74.8% in that area. In offense, they are the 18th, having 113.5 points per game, and 12th in offense, allowing 112.7 points per game.

Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks in almost all statistics. He leads them with 33.2 points per game, 8.8 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. On the other hand, their new recruit, Kyrie Irving also provides numbers for his new team with 24.7 points per game. However, Davis Bertans will be out in this game, following his calf injury.

Philadelphia 76ers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers
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Although this squad have slipped away a few games behind the top two teams in the standings, they are lucky they have Embiid who can lead them. However, they need wins, as the fourth placers are knocking on their doors. If they lose more games, it will be harder for them to secure an advantage in the regular season. Their defense have been their key to their success this season, and this is what they have to do in here. The 76ers can get confidence from the fact that they won against the Heat on their last match. This squad is quite impressive in the field, making 48% successful shots. Moreover, they are also doing well in the three-point line, shooting 38.3%, most especially in the free-throw line, shooting 83%. They are at the 13th in offense with 113.9 points per game, and third in defense, giving up 110.2 points per game.

MVP candidate Joel Embiid is the leading scorer for the 76ers with 33 points per game. However, he is listed as probable in this game, due to some health issues. With him as a doubt, the 76ers can rely on James Harden who is also doing well, scoring 21.6 points per game. Dewayne Dedmon is still unavailable, as he is expected to be our for a few more matches.

Prediction:

Dallas Mavericks
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.84

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