Match-Up: San Antonio Spurs(0-1) at Dallas Mavericks(1-0)

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Game 1 of this Western Conference first round match-up proved to be worth the hype as the Mavericks edged the Spurs, 100-94. The Mavericks lead this playoff series, 1-0 in a best of seven format. For years, the Spurs and Mavericks have battled for Texas-sized supremacy. While the Spurs have four titles during the Tim Duncan era, the Mavericks have none with star power forward, Dirk Nowitzki. The team has made the NBA Finals in 2006, but came up worst against the Heat and star guard, Dwyane Wade. The West’s second seeded team will look to get one game closer to getting that elusive title on Wednesday night.

Nowitzki scored 36 points on Sunday night’s Game 1 win. Nowitzki shot 12 of 14 from the field as the Mavericks shot 47% overall from the field. This season, the Mavericks traded for two big pieces that have alleviated the pressure on Nowitzki. The Mavericks scooped up forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Heyward from Washington at the trade deadline and the duo has paid dividends. The duo combined for 32 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1. For years, the Mavericks have lacked a second strong scoring option behind Nowitzki, but Butler has filled that void.

The Mavericks must do a better job defending against the Spurs “Big 3”. Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker shot 26 for 52 from the field.

Side Note:

The Mavericks won the rebound battle in Game 1, 45-37.

The Spurs are 1-4 against the Mavericks this season. They have yet to win a game in Dallas. I don’t see it happening on Wednesday night. Too much Dirk and youth for the aging Spurs to handle.

The Pick: Dallas Mavericks

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