Mavs expect a challenge from Sixers

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle instructs his team during an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 105-95. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks expect a challenge.

Never mind that 76ers are coming off Saturday night’s 37-point road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Forget that they have lost six of their last eight games.

“We have to have the right disposition, posture and demeanor tonight,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Monday’s matchup here at American Airlines Center.

“This team, they’ve beaten two (Miami and Houston) or three teams we’ve lost to,” he added. “So we got a lot of respect for what they’ve done. They play extremely hard. They generate pace.”

The Mavericks (6-4) are 4-0 at home this season. They also have the Sixers’ number, winning 11 of the last 14 meetings.

But that’s in the past.

Carlisle points out that the Sixers (5-4) can attack the paint and have guys who can shoot it. The Sixers rank second in the NBA in points-in-the-paint per game (51.09) and ninth in fast-break points per game (16.72).

“So it’s being in a [defensive] stance and we have to make them come through us,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenging game.”

-- Keith Pompey

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