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by Warren Croxton

MATCHUP TO WATCH

G O.J. Mayo vs. G-F Jason Richardson

After struggling to adjust to life as a reserve during each of his previous two seasons (both with the Memphis Grizzlies), combo guard O.J. Mayo has shone in his return to the starting lineup as a Dallas Maverick.  Through 14 games, the former third-overall pick is averaging 21.5 points per game, while shooting 49.0% from the floor and 53.2% from behind the arc; all three are career highs.  6-4 Mayo leads the league in three-pointers made and ranks in the top-ten in scoring. The 25-year-old’s shooting from 3-15 feet has been especially impressive; he’s shooting 60.7%, despite a career average of 38.2 % from that distance. 

Veteran swingman Jason Richardson had his string of five consecutive double-figure point outings snapped Sunday against Phoenix.  Since returning from an early-season ankle injury, Richardson has averaged 14.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 45.3% from three-point land. He has also made improvements on the defensive end, as his defensive rebound percentage (an estimate percentage of defensive rebounds a player grabs when on the floor) sits at 12.1%, his highest since 2009-10 season. He is also averaging more steals (1.6) and blocks (0.8) per game than at any time in his professional career.

The Key

In the Mavericks’ last game, a 115-89 loss to the Lakers, LA was able to hold Mayo to a 1-for-7 start from the floor; they went on to limit the USC alum to just 13 points. In the game prior, a 114-111 victory over the New York Knicks on November 21st, Mayo started out hot, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first quarter. He went on to finish with 27 points.

In the Mavericks’ seven losses this season, Mayo has averaged 19.1 points per game, while shooting 47.2% from the floor. In their seven wins, he has been nearly perfect, averaging 23.9 points per contest and shooting 54.7% from the floor.

 

THE ENEMY

Life Without Dirk

Superstar big man Dirk Nowitzki has missed every game this season, while rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee. Elton Brand and Troy Murphy have seen at the power forward position in his absense. Brand is averaging 5.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game this season while Murphy is averaging 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds coming off the bench.

Who Are The Mavs?

The Dallas Mavericks come into Philadelphia at 7-7 to kick off a quick, two-day, two-game road trip. Led by head coach Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks have alternated between wins and losses in each of their previous seven games. With Dirk Nowitzki on the mend, Dallas has sped up its offensive pace this season, averaging 94.5 possessions per 48 minutes (fourth in the NBA) after having a pace of 97.2 (16th in the league) last season.  This change in philosophy has helped the Mavs become the sixth-highest scoring team in the league (100.9 points per game) in points per game.

Branded

Former-Sixer Elton Brand returns to Philadelphia for the first time as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. In his four seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, the 33-year-old forward averaged 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. In 18 playoff games for the Sixers, Brand averaged 10.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. Brand played the role of hard-nosed veteran for the Sixers and was a vital defense cog for the Sixers, in their run to the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season. He currently averages 5.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 22.0 minutes per game for the Mavericks.

 

LAST TIME THEY MET

2/17/2012 – Mavericks 82, Sixers 75

After outscoring the Mavericks by 14 in the first half, the Sixers went on to score just eight points in the third quarter, with only nine made baskets in the entire second half, allowing the Mavericks to come back and win 82-75. The Sixers shot 33.7% from the floor for the game and 21.4% in the second half.  Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds.  The Sixers’ starting lineup scored just 29 points in the loss and Nikola Vucevic came off the bench to lead Philadelphia with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes.