11/12/10 3:07 pm EST
This edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent, the athletic, very deep and talented Dallas Mavericks.
This is going to be a nearly impossible game for the 76ers to win. The Mavs are a very good offensive team with an arsenal of weapons. As we all know the Sixers are getting better on defense, but remain a defensively challenged unit. We’ll be especially interested to see how the Sixers bigs handle the Mavs 7-footers – Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood. On the perimeter, we can only pray that someone in a Sixers uniform can keep a lid on Jason Terry. “J.E.T.” has scored 20+ points in 3 of his last 4 games and is hitting 3’s at a 50% clip right now. This game – the third in a five game road trip – could get ugly quickly for the Sixers if Collins doesn’t keep a tight grip on this one.
The Sixers only chance in this game comes with the idea that the Mavs could be looking ahead to their matchup with the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night. There’s an outside chance the thoughts of playing the Hornets cause Dirk & Co. to fall asleep at the wheel just long enough for the improving Sixers to slip out of “Big D” with a very unexpected W.
For a little more insight into the Mavs team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Rob Mahoney from thetwomangame.com to answer two questions on the Mavs from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Dallas squad from an insider’s perspective.