Dallas Mavericks to end hobble

Dallas Mavericks to end hobble

The Dallas Mavericks remains hopeful for a spot in the playoffs as they go against the Philadelphia 76ers, with hopes for a victory. It is just unfortunate that the Mavericks are showing a slow down going to the end of the season. They had a memorable run in the middle of the season, but were unable to retain that form in the end. The 76ers on the other hand are still eyeing the second spot in their conference. A second spot after the regular season could give them more chances of advancing for the next round. The 76ers is set to host this match on March 30, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8).

This is only the second yet the last time that these two teams will meet in the regular season. Their first meeting ended in a 133-126 win for the Mavericks, and are seeking for the same results here. An interconference meeting happens in this match with the hosts are from the East, while the visitors are from the West. Moreover, the hosts are more confident coming in this game as they already secured a spot in the playoffs. They are currently at the third of the standings, winning 49 of their 75 games this season. As for the visitors, they are at the 11th in the West, still not qualifying for the playoffs. With that, they are hoping to win as many games they can to at least qualify for the play-in.

Dallas Mavericks

NBA: Dallas Mavericks
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The Dallas Mavericks are actually looking good mid-season, but their once looked like a memorable season is turning into trouble. From their last five matches, they only had one wins, and four losses. On their last 10 games, they only had three wins and seven losses. This is the main reason why they are now on the verge of getting eliminated, sitting at the 11th. That one win is from their 127-104 victory over the Pacers on their last match. Although it is their first win in their last five games, they can get confidence from that win. However, they still need to get as many wins as they can if they are still aiming for a spot in the playoffs. They are at the 16th in offense with 113.9 points per game, and 15th in defense allowing 113.3 points per game.

Despite their losing run, they are still lucky that they have two superstars in their team, which works well for their advantage. Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks with 32.9 points per game, 8.6 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 1.4 steals. Kyrie Irving is also making magic happen for the Mavericks as he chips in 26.3 points per game. However, Frank Ntilikina and Maxi Kleber are both questionable in this match.

Philadelphia 76ers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers
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The 76ers on the other hand is already qualified for the playoffs, which is not surprising as they have been impressive this season. However, recently, they also share their own struggles, as they are in a three-game losing streak. As a team who is still aiming for a second spot, they can no longer continue this losing skid. Although they secured a spot in the playoffs, they are yet to secure their spot, so they still need to earn wins. A win could have happen for the 76ers only if Embiid was healthy against the Nuggets. Nonetheless, they are still a team who is capable of producing number as there are others who could step-up for them. Offensively, they are the 14th with 115.2 points per game, but are the third in defense with 110.6 points per game.

Joel Embiid and James Harden are the two who leads the 76ers with 33.3 points and 21.4 points per game apiece. However, while Embiid is said to be back in this match, Harden is still unavailable, due to his Achilles injury.

Prediction:

Philadelphia 76ers
Total Under: 114.5
Odds: 0.86

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