|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NBAThe Philadelphia 76ers set a franchise record with its sixteenth straight loss to start a season and are two games from the 2009 New Jersey Nets for the worst losing streak to start a season. The Sixers lost to the 13-5 Dallas Mavericks 110-103 in Philadelphia.
Unlike in many other games, the Sixers were at least somewhat close for the most part. They were down 28-26 after the first quarter and were tied at a few points.
The game was tied at 80 apiece with three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Sixers even had an 85-84 lead not too long after. The Mavericks pulled forward and got a double-digit lead with a minute to go in the game. The game was still closer than the 123-70 victory that the Mavs had over the same team in Dallas a few weeks earlier.
The 76ers were 25-31 in free throws while Michael Carter-Williams had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists. However, the Sixers also had 24 turnovers, a total twice as much as what the Mavericks had. K.J. McDaniels also had 21 points with 13 rebounds.
This is also the third time that the Sixers scored in double digits this season. The team made some controversy with their weak offense as they changed a gameday promotion with Papa John's pizza from getting a discount when the team wins to getting that same deal when the team scores 90 or more points in a game.
On the Dallas side, Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 13 rebounds. He also went 6-7 in free throws as did teammate Monta Ellis. Chandler has nine double-doubles for the season this year.
The odds have been against the Philadelphia 76ers all year long. The Sixers were listed at +12.5 against the Mavericks on Saturday. Sportsbooks are posting a -200 line for the Sixers to win more games in the regular season than the Philadelphia Eagles, a team with eight wins with five games left. On a positive note, the Sixers were listed at -17 favorites in a hypothetical match with the University of Kentucky according to Westgate Las Vegas.