Doncic vs. Simmons matchup and more to watch in Sixers' road trip finale

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No Sixer had to play more than 31 minutes Saturday night in the team’s blowout win over the Thunder.

The Mavs, meanwhile, head into Monday's game having lost the night before on a jumper with 0.5 seconds left by the Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan. 

Here are the essentials:

  • When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:45 p.m 
  • Where: American Airlines Center 
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia  
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the MyTeams app 

And here are three storylines to watch: 

Trying to wrap up another winning trip 

Despite a bad loss Friday night to the Pelicans, the Sixers can seal a winning road trip in Dallas. With a victory, they’d have a 9-3 mark away from Wells Fargo Center since the All-Star break. 

If the season ended Monday, the Sixers’ 16-12 road record would be their best away winning percentage since the 2000-01 season. 

The team has a difficult next two weeks on paper, with home games against the Nets, Clippers, Warriors and Suns ahead of a mini-series in Milwaukee. 

Harris, Green expected to return 

Neither Tobias Harris nor Danny Green appeared on the NBA’s official injury report Sunday night. Green missed the Sixers’ win Saturday with left hip soreness, while Harris was out with right knee soreness. 

Harris suffered a right knee contusion in this season’s first Sixers-Mavs matchup and was sidelined for two games with that injury. Dallas started Boban Marjanovic against Joel Embiid, then turned to a Maxi Kleber-James Johnson frontcourt in the second half. Though Embiid only shot 5 for 20 from the floor, the Sixers defended Dallas well, forcing 22 turnovers. 

Kristaps Porzingis, who was out that evening with lower back tightness, has averaged 26.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 14.7 rebounds over his last three games. Both Porinzigis (right knee injury recovery) and JJ Redick (right heel soreness) are questionable vs. the Sixers. If Redick plays, it would be his Mavs debut and first game since March 3. 

All eyes on Doncic and Simmons 

In three career games vs. the Sixers, Luka Doncic has shot 14 of 44 from the floor (31.8 percent). On possessions where he was guarded by Ben Simmons on Feb. 25, Doncic was 3 for 7 (0 for 3 from three-point range) with four turnovers. 

Successfully defending Doncic is always a team effort — precise execution in pick-and-roll defense, not helping too far off of shooters, contesting his shots at the rim without fouling. Still, the Sixers are fortunate to have Simmons, who’s strengthened his case as the league’s best perimeter defender this season. It’s a matchup the Sixers shouldn’t mind, and one they should stick with unless Simmons gets into foul trouble. 

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