Extra Pass: Can Mavericks stay hot vs. Sixers?

Published March 18, 2022, 12:00 PMJC Ansis

The Mavericks hope to extend their three-game winning streak when they visit the Sixers tomorrow on NBA TV Philippines via Smart GigaPlay.

What's up with the Mavericks?

The Mavericks have been scorching hot. They've won eight of their last nine games, with victories over the no-pushover teams like the Warriors (twice), Jazz, Celtics, and Nets.

In their last two games, Luka Doncic averaged 31.5 points but it was another player who came up big in their close wins over Boston and Brooklyn.

For two consecutive games, Spencer Dinwiddie has been the hero, making 3-point shots at the buzzer to lift the Mavericks. Since it acquired Dinwiddie at the trade deadline, Dallas has gone 10-2.

Dinwiddie has been a welcome addition, relieving Doncic of playmaking duties at times and providing the Mavs some backcourt offense. He's been averaging 20.3 points and 4.6 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field and 45.3 percent on 3s in his last 10 games.

What's up with the Sixers?

The Sixers, on the other hand, have been on a rollercoaster ride as of late. They went 3-3 in their last six games, losing to the Heat, Nets, and the Nuggets.

After losing to fellow MVP candidate Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets, Joel Embiid and the Sixers bounced back nicely with a road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Embiid had a double-double of 35 points and 17 boards, while James Harden tallied 21 markers and 11 dimes. Dallas doesn't have bigs who can stop Embiid in the post, so people can expect him to put up big numbers again in tomorrow's matchup.

Philly still has hopes of claiming the top spot in the East for homecourt advantage in the playoffs, so every win is important.

Where to watch

Fans can tune in to the Mavericks-Sixers game tomorrow live at 7:00 AM on NBA TV Philippines, available on Smart GigaPlay and Cignal TV.