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Philadelphia 76ers vs Dallas Mavericks

Let's minimize to the chase right here: The Dallas Mavericks stink. They're 1-5, they're useless final within the NBA in area objective proportion (40.5%), and their Offensive and Defensive Scores are solidly within the backside third of the league.
However this is not a typical Texas two-step for the one that you love Philadelphia 76ers. Tonight's Sixers/Mavs sport is the primary time Nerlens Noel will get to face off in opposition to his former group this season. And, from the sound of issues, the 6-11 heart is trying ahead to going to work versus Joel Embiid.
"Oh, yeah, I’m going to return at him," mentioned Noel in an interview with Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday. "I believe we're going to have a fantastic competitors, nice battle — identical to we used to in apply."
That is not the one sub-plot in tonight's sport, nevertheless. And no... I am not speaking about Justin Anderson squaring off in opposition to his one-time teammates (though that is a factor as nicely). No... this sport is League Cross-worthy purely on the power of the Dennis Smith/Ben Simmonsmatchup. Two of probably the most prolific rookies within the NBA this season... Level guard vs. POINT GAWD. In order that ought to be enjoyable.
The final 90 seconds of Wednesday's sport was the other of enjoyable for the Sixers, who will look to maneuver on from that heartbreaking 105-104 loss to the Houston Rockets. In a bizarre scheduling twist, the Sixers will full their season sequence in opposition to those self same Rockets two days from now as they full their street journey.
The Mavericks are a group the Sixers ought to dispatch handily even with out Markelle Fultz. If they do not, then we'll be promoting #TeamPanic shirts in our Etsy store starting Monday morning.
Sport time: eight:30 ET, NBC Sports activities Philadelphia; pre-game begins at eight:00, together with our sport thread.


Philadelphia 76ers heart Jahlil Okafor will miss Saturday's recreation towards the Dallas Mavericks with an higher respiratory an infection, in line with the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey. 
Nonetheless, being wholesome seemingly would not have modified Okafor's chance of suiting up. 
On Friday, head coach Brett Brown instructed reporters Okafor is out of the rotation and firmly behind Amir Johnson on the depth chart. 
"I am taking part in Amir [Johnson] forward of him, and that is simply the scenario," Brown mentioned, per the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sarah Todd. "[Okafor] is available in and his head is sweet, his spirit is sweet, and he and I discuss on a regular basis. However that's the backside line: He isn't within the rotation."
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