The Sixers (49-27) are in Dallas to take on the Mavericks (30-46) in their final matchup of the season. The Sixers are without Joel Embiid (load management) and Jimmy Butler (back tightness). Jonah Bolden and James Ennis III are expected to start in their places.
Here are the essentials for tonight's game:
• When: 8:30 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7:30 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
And here are three storylines to watch:
The rookie impressing
Bolden had an impressive performance filling in for Embiid against the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night, finishing with a career-high 19 points, including five three-pointers, to go along with his eight rebounds. Between Boban Marjanovic, Amir Johnson and Bolden, the Sixers are still trying to figure out what to do with Embiid’s backup minutes come playoff time, but if Bolden can continue to play like he did the other night, signs would point to seeing Bolden in the playoffs.
The Sixers have done a solid job shooting the three-ball over the past two games, averaging 48.2 percent, and Brett Brown says he wants there to be an even bigger focus on shooting the three. He wants his players hunting threes and continuously respacing the floor. And in a game like tonight against a Mavericks team that is averaging nearly 40 three-point attempts per game over the last two months, that becomes even more important.
Last time seeing Dirk
Though Dirk Nowitzki’s retirement hasn’t been made official, tonight will likely be the last time we see the Sixers match up against him. I’m reminded of this past All-Star game when Dirk hit a three with Ben Simmons guarding him, and Nowitzki yelled out, "Thanks kid!" (for letting him shoot). So just sit back and enjoy ...
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