NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Philadelphia 32 18 27 25 102
Dallas 27 41 29 25 122
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , April 1, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,645

Doncic's status uncertain as Mavericks host Sixers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia 76ers at Dallas Mavericks

  1. Philadelphia has won two straight games, beating Brooklyn and Minnesota, after losing the previous two versus Atlanta and Orlando. The Sixers went 22-8 (.733) in March last season and this season, the best record in the Eastern Conference.
  2. Jonah Bolden started in place of Joel Embiid in Philadelphia's win over Minnesota, scoring 19 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range. Bolden made 9-of-12 threes (.750) in two games versus the Timberwolves this season -- he has gone 20-of-66 (.303) against all other teams.
  3. The Mavericks beat the Thunder on the road last night, 106-103, winning only their fourth game in their last 21 (since Feb. 11). Dallas has gone 1-11 (.083) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, the worst record in the NBA.
  4. Jalen Brunson scored 18 points in the win over Oklahoma City, his 14th consecutive game scoring in double figures. This streak started on March 4 -- prior to that date, Brunson had scored 10 or more points only 17 times in 54 games.
  5. The Sixers beat the Mavericks, 106-100, when the teams met on January 5. Philadelphia made only six three-pointers in the game, tied for its lowest total in a win this season.
  6. Philadelphia ranks last in the NBA with a -2.2 average turnover differential, while Dallas ranks 25th (-1.3). The Sixers have gone a league-best 18-3 (.857) when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent.

The Philadelphia 76ers are focused on how best to enter the postseason, which is why All-Star center Joel Embiid isn't playing on a three-game road trip that continues Monday night at Dallas.

The Sixers are essentially locked into the third spot in the Eastern Conference with six games to go, including Wednesday's game at Atlanta to end their trip.

On the first game of the trip, rookie Jonah Bolden stepped into the starting lineup for a resting Embiid and took advantage of the opportunity with 19 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes as the Sixers won 118-109 at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Bolden figures to have another chance to impress in the next two games, giving coach Brett Brown a decision to make about who should back up Embiid in the postseason.

"When it comes down to playoff time, the rotation does shorten up," Bolden said on NBA.com. "The opportunity is now, whether the opportunity is now or in the playoffs, just making the most of it whenever it comes."

Before the game against Minnesota, Bolden had played a total of 20 minutes across the previous nine contests.

The 76ers acquired 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the trade that brought Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. Marjanovic is averaging 7.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 13.5 minutes in 16 games with the Sixers.

Bolden plays a different style than Marjanovic, with more athleticism and the ability to stretch the court; he hit 5 of 7 shots from 3-point range against Minnesota.

"Defensively, he's long," Sixers guard Ben Simmons said on NBA.com. "Offensively, he can shoot the ball. He knows how to play. He makes the right moves. He has a high IQ."

Dallas is coming off Sunday afternoon's 106-103 victory at Oklahoma City in which star rookie Luka Doncic sat because a right thigh contusion. Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, perhaps nearing the end of his career, grabbed 13 rebounds -- his most since having 13 on March 5, 2017, also against the Thunder.

"Our guys were fired up to play," said coach Rick Carlisle.

Trey Burke came off the bench to score 25 points with eight assists in 30 minutes. That was Burke's best scoring performance with Dallas, which acquired him before the trade deadline as part of the big deal with the New York Knicks.

"He has a great knack for when he gets into a game, he can heat it up quickly," Carlisle said. "That's an art. That's a skill. He's a unique player."

Doncic did not travel with the team to Oklahoma City, staying at home to rehab. His status for Monday night was unknown.

"We're going to be very prudent with this and make sure that he's a hundred percent before even thinking about him getting back out there," Carlisle told reporters Saturday.

Doncic, the third pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is averaging 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists, having played in 70 of 76 games. He and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young are the leading candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 31, 2019

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