Luka Doncic said he doesn't "see the point" of the play-in game, adding that the concept undermines an entire season's work.
"I don't understand the idea of a play-in. You play 72 games to get into the playoffs, then maybe you lose two in a row and you're out of the playoffs. So I don't see the point of that," said Doncic.
The Mavs, who lost to the Sixers on Monday night, are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference. They would play the Grizzlies should the season end today.
Doncic added that his goal is to not have to deal with the play-in game in the first place.
"We're just trying to get to the sixth spot. I think that's our goal right now. Maybe even [higher] than the sixth spot."