Sixers (36-17) at Mavericks (29-23)
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
• The Mavericks just suffered a 119-117 loss to San Antonio on Sunday and will play their 11th game of the season for the second straight night. So far this season, the Mavs are 4-6 on zero days off and are averaging 108.1 points per game, 3.5 ppg below their overall season average.
• In the last three games, Kristaps Porzingis has averaged 26.7 points on 53.3% -47.4% -100% separate shots to go with 14.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Porzingis finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds against Spurs on Sunday, his second 30+ point, 15+ rebound game of the season. Only three players have more such games this season, including Joel Embiid (3).
• Philadelphia easily beat Dallas 111-97 in their first meeting of the season on February 25, when the Mavericks were still without Porzingis. Joel Embiid finished with 23 points on 5-20 shots from the field and 11-12 from the free throw line, while Dwight Howard added 14 points on 6-7 shots in 16 minutes off the bench. Luka Doncic finished with 19 points, three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes. This is just one of Doncic’s two career games in which he played at least 29 minutes (154 of those games) and finished with less than five rebounds and five assists.
• The Sixers are 3-1 since Joel Embiid returned to the lineup on April 3 after missing three weeks. Over those four games, Embiid has averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. The Sixers also beat their opponents by a record 55 points in Embiid’s 120 minutes on the field.
• The Sixers are second in the league in interceptions (8.9 per game) and sixth in points turnovers (18.1 per game). However, the Mavericks commit the third fewest turnovers (12.1 per game) and allow only the third fewest turnovers (14.6 per game).
Nuggets (34-19) at Warriors (25-28)
10 p.m. ET, ESPN
• Stephen Curry needs 19 points to overtake Wilt Chamberlain (17,783) as the all-time leader of the Warriors. Curry has scored at least 32 points in each of his last six games – the longest such streak since Bradley Beal last season (seven games from Jan.22 to Feb.3, 2020). Curry is already the Warriors franchise leader in assists (4,889) and 3 points (2,709), and also ranks second in interceptions (1,624), third in games played (744), fourth in defensive rebounds (2,893) and field goals made (6.127) and seventh in free throws taken (2.802).
• The Nuggets enjoyed an eight-game winning streak on Sunday, their longest winning streak since setting a 15th straight franchise record from February 23 to March 23, 2013. The Nuggets will look to bounce back quickly as Monday will present their ninth game on the second night of a game in a row. So far, the Nuggets are 4-4 on zero days off.
• Nikola Jokic is third in the league with 24 double-digit assists, behind only Harden (27) and Westbrook (32) – two players with three of the last four assists. Jokic ranks fourth in the league in assists with 8.8 per game. Jokic (2020-21 and two previous seasons) and Wilt Chamberlain (1966-67, 1967-68) are the only two crosses to ever average at least seven assists per game. If Jokic maintains his current mark (8.8 apg), it will become the highest assist average ever for a center.
• Denver won the first meeting with Golden State, 114-104 on Jan. 14, as Stephen Curry and Nikola Jokic both shone. Curry finished with 35 points (14-23 FG, 5-11 3P), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while Jokic had 23 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals. Curry leads the league in 35 games (15) and is second in the league in points (29.9 points per game) behind Bradley Beal. Jokic leads the league in double-doubles (47) and ranks second in triple-double (14) behind Russell Westbrook.
• Stephen Curry leads the NBA in points since the All-Star break, averaging 30.7 points playing in 10 of Golden State’s 16 games. Andrew Wiggins was the Warriors’ second-leading scorer with 20.5 points per game in all 16 games. The Nuggets have three players averaging over 20 points since the break: Nikola Jokic (24.1), Michael Porter Jr. (21.1) and Jamal Murray (20.1).