It wasn’t long ago the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs shared one of the best rivalries in the NBA. The Spurs had reached the championship level, and the Mavericks were trying to get there. In order to get to that level, Dallas would need to get by San Antonio.
Every year, it seemed they would meet in the playoffs and no matter how hard they tried, Dallas couldn’t get over the mountain. That all changed in 2006 when the Mavericks beat the Spurs in a dramatic seven game series.
This rivalry has died down in recent years, mostly because they haven’t been playing each other in the playoffs. However, some of it is because the Spurs have dominated the head-to-head matchup lately. So far this year, the Spurs have won all three meetings against Dallas, including a 38-point blowout on Dec. 23.
Tonight, these two teams will meet again in San Antonio. Both teams are having different season. The Spurs are trying to hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 1 seed in the conference, while the Mavericks are chasing the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot. Dallas currently sits 2.5 games behind the Lakers for that last spot.
A win tonight can go a long way in building confidence for the Mavericks. Since the game is nationally televised, this also gives them a chance to show everyone they are ready for a push into the playoffs. Either way, the NBA could benefit from this rivalry being renewed.