The Sixers play their first game at home since last week after going 2-1 on their most recent road trip. The Sixers started the year 12-2 at home but have lost three of their last four at home. Overall, they have dropped four of their last six games after winning six of their previous seven. The Sixers have held their opponents below 90 points in three of their last four games and 19 times overall this year. In those 19 games, the Sixers are 17-2. They will be without starting center Spencer Hawes tonight and until after the All Star Game. This is the only time the Sixers square off against the defending champions. The Mavericks have not been so kind to the Sixers as the Mavs have won 9 of their last 11 meetings.
The Mavericks will be without former Saint Joseph’s University stand out Delonte West, Jason Terry, and Rodrigue Beaubois. Terry played in 126 straight games before missing tonight due to a right quad strain. The Mavericks will rely on Shawn Marion to pick up the slack of their missing guards.
Tipoff tonight is at 8:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The game can be seen on ESPN and Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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