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The Dallas Mavericks travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs in Game Three of the first round of the Western Conference Finals. Tip off at the AT&T Center in San Antonio is 9:30 ET. TV coverage is provided by ESPN.
With the series split 1-1, San Antonio will be looking to get ahead in their first home game of the series. The Spurs lost their first game in Dallas 100-94. San Antonio turned it around in Game Two last Wednesday beating the Mavericks 102-88.
Odds makers have the line set with the Spurs as 3.5 point favorites. The total is set at 193.5.
The Spurs are seeing great performances out of Tim Duncan. Duncan averaged 17.9 points, 10.1, rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game during the regular season. In Game One in Dallas he had 27 points, two assists, and eight rebounds. In Game Two Duncan put up 25 points, two assists, and 17 rebounds. The veteran center will continue to be a key player and top performer in this first round series.
Dallas’s seven foot Dirk Nowitzki has been a leader for the Mavericks all season, and his performance dictates how Dallas does in the rest of the series with the Spurs. Dirk had 36 points in the Mavericks’ Game One win. He had seven rebounds and shot 12-12 from the free throw line. In Dallas’s Game Two loss to San Antonio, Nowitzki shot 9-24 from the field and hit his one three pointer. He had 24 points, four assists, 10 rebounds, and hit 5-6 of his free throw attempts.
Spurs’ guard Tony Parker has been a consistent force for San Antonio since his return from his injury. He has averaged 17 points, six assists, and 2.5 rebounds this post season while shooting 14-31 from the field.
Mavericks’ point guard Jason Kidd did not have a good Game Two. After having 13 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds in Game One, Kidd had just five points in 40 minutes of play in Game Two. Kidd hit one of four three-point attempts and both of his free throw attempts, going 1-7 from the field.
Though the Spurs took a game in Dallas, they have to face the best road team in the NBA. The Mavericks were 28-13 at home and 27-14 on the road this season. San Antonio has not beaten the Mavericks in a playoff series since 2003.
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