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The 76ers (0-10) will begin a string of two straight games at The Center, pairing up with the Dallas Mavericks (6-4) at 7:00 PM on Monday. The Sixers are in the midst of a stretch during which they go up against six straight opponents that currently hold winning records. Dallas, having won three contests in a row, seems to have steadied itself after a 3-4 start.
The big guns sat out Dallas’ last game, a win over the Houston Rockets, but Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews, and Chandler Parsons all figure to be in action against Philly.
Parsons plans to play 20 minutes in this one, as he continues to work his way back from offseason knee surgery. He looked good in his last outing, going 4-6 from the field in 18 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers. 20 minutes would be the most Parsons has played in a game this season, and any addition to his workload is a positive sign looking ahead to a rough next few weeks of the schedule.
The 76ers will also have their hands full with Nowitzki. He was 7-8 for 21 points in 20 minutes of action in one game against Philly last season, a 53-point Mavericks victory just over one year ago. The Sixers will use some combination of bigs against Dirk headlined by Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. Realistically, neither stands much of a chance against the future Hall of Famer in one-on-one situations. Especially the way Dirk has had it going in the early part of the schedule.
These two meet for what will be their first head-to-head battle of the season. Dallas won the last game in the matchup, bumping its SU record over the last 10 meetings to 8-2. With a 5-4-1 record, the Mavericks also have the advantage ATS.