Sixers-Mavericks: 5 things you need to know

Sixers-Mavericks: 5 things you need to know
November 18, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Sixers (5-6) will try to salvage their three-game road trip when they face the Dallas Mavericks (6-4).
 
Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. (CSN) at American Airlines Center.
 
Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:
 
1. Keep it moving
The Sixers will be eager to move on after one of their worst losses in recent memory.
 
The Sixers suffered a 135-98 defeat to Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans on Saturday. It was the most points the franchise has surrendered since 1997 and the worst defeat since a 121-76 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 21, 2010.
 
New Orleans shot an incredible 60.5 percent in the game, including 46.4 from three-point range. The Sixers also allowed eight Pelicans to score in double figures.
 
None of that bodes well for the Sixers on Monday when they take on a Dallas club that is fourth in the league in scoring (106.6 points per game) and sixth in shooting percentage (46.9).
 
2. Losing some steam
The Sixers’ potent offense has taken a small step backward during the first two games of this road trip, losses to the Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks.
 
They scored 103 points during Friday’s loss to the Hawks, and the 98 on Saturday marked just the second time this season the Sixers have failed to score 100 points.
 
Some of the dip in production has to do with rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams being sidelined the past three games with a bruised arch in his left foot (see storylines).
 
While the Sixers are still ninth in the NBA in scoring with 104.5 points per game, they can’t afford down nights as they allow a league-worst 111.1 points per matchup.
 
3. Matching up with Monta
Dirk Nowitzki is always the No. 1 priority when facing Dallas, but another Mavs player has been leading their charge so far.
 
Monta Ellis has flourished in his first season with the Mavs. The guard is averaging 21.9 points and 5.0 assists per game. He is also shooting 47.1 percent from the floor.
 
James Anderson and Evan Turner will likely be in charge of keeping Ellis under control throughout Monday’s game.
 
4. Injuries
Carter-Williams (foot) is still listed as day to day. Big men Nerlens Noel (knee), Kwame Brown (hamstring), Arnett Moultrie (ankle) and guard Jason Richardson (knee) are all out.
 
Mavs guards Wayne Ellington (thigh) and Shane Larkin (ankle) are out.
 
5. This and that
• The Sixers are second in the NBA in pace with 102.4 possessions per game.
• Despite being held to a season-low four points against the Pelicans, Turner is still averaging a career-best 21.6 points per game.
• Nowitzki scored a season-high 28 points in the Mavs’ last game.
• The Mavs lead the league in steals with 10.2 per game. That should be alarming for the Sixers, who average 17.8 turnovers per game.
• The Sixers have faced several former Sixers on this road trip, including Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Elton Brand and Kyle Korver. That will continue on Monday against the Mavs when Samuel Dalembert gets the start at center.