NBA Playoffs

Spurs vs Mavericks

NBA Post Season Matchup Preview

Matchup: San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Dallas Mavericks (8)

TV Schedule

Game 1: In SA – Sun, April 20th 1:00pm on TNT
Game 2: In SA – Wed, April 23rd 8:00pm on NBA TV
Game 3: In DAL – Sat, April 26th 4:30pm on TNT
Game 4: In DAL – Mon, April 28th 9:30pm on TNT
Game 5: In SA – Wed, April 30th *TBD
Game 6: In DAL – Fri, May 2nd *TBD
Game 7: In SA – Sun, May 4th *TBD

Breakdown

 SpursMavericks
Home Court✔︎
Offense✔︎
Defense✔︎
Coaching✔︎
Experience✔︎
Bench✔︎
Momentum✔︎
Verdict✔︎

Analysis

This is such a bad matchup for the Mavericks. By looking at the chart above, you would think they weren’t a very good team. They are. Everything they do well, the Spurs do just a bit better. The Spurs lead the league in point differential this year at +7.7, have the best coach in the league, and are relying less on ‘The Big 3’ than ever before. Rick Carlisle has done a great job melding all the new pieces together this year from Monta Ellis, to Jose Calderon, to Samuel Dalembert and Dirk has been Dirk-good all season. The biggest issue for the Mavericks is that they don’t play much defense. They give up over 102 points per game, and lack anybody on the wing considered an above average defender. Not to mention they have lost 8 straight to the Spurs over the past two seasons. The Mavericks will win a game, but Monta Ellis’ last second miss vs Mem in the regular season finale sealed their postseason fate.

Prediction

San Antonio Spurs in 5




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