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How Will The Dallas Mavericks Match Up Against Final Six Opponents In 2013?

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With just a dozen more days to wrap up the 2013, this Dallas team will approach 2014 looking for another championship. Wouldn't it be nice of the Mavericks to bring home another NBA title?

At this rate, Dallas very well could seal their fate with more wins to date. Since the Mavericks went all the way in 2011, the month of December has been a difficult one. This time, the month actually has looked up for them. Despite their two consecutive defeats on the West Coast, the Mavs have bounced back and in fact have been victorious in the rest of their games. Face it: the Mavs have resilience and have been able to rebound from their road game roadblocks because they refuse to stay stuck in a rut and settle for less.

Let's tap into the hardwood of the future basketball spirit and see what Mavs fans must expect out of their final games of the year.

Happy Holidays, fellow MFFL! I tip my Mavericks Santa hat that I'm sporting at Friday's game to y'all!

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for Follow her on Twitter, "Like" her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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Dec. 20: Toronto Raptors

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On Friday December 20, Dallas will have one more home game against the Toronto Raptors. I'm looking forward to going to the American Airlines Center for this duel because three current Mavs will play their previous team, who is 9-14.

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Dec. 21: Phoenix Suns

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Then the Mavs hit the road to play the Phoenix Suns the next day for the first time this season.

As of press time, "Los Suns" is sitting just below Dallas in the current league standings, with just as many losses and one less win so far.

Christmas spirit will prevail in Phoenix, literally, with a merry rookie by the name of Dionte Christmas.

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Dec. 23: Houston Rockets

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When the Mavericks return to Texas, they make a stop to the Houston Rockets on Monday, December 23. Will it be as much of a blast-off as it was when Dirk Nowitzki claimed the No. 15 spot on the NBA leading scorers of all-time list in their last matchup? Now No. 14, Nowitzki is just under 60 points shy of taking the 13th ranking from Alex English, who has 25,613 career points.

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Dec. 26: San Antonio Spurs

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Following Christmas day, Dallas hosts the other Texas team, the San Antonio Spurs, who are likely this year's Western Conference champions. This may go without saying, but "Los Spurs" impose the biggest challenge out of these six for "Los Mavericks" because the former have a .800 win percentage advantage over the latter's .600.

Plus, former Spur-turned-Mav DeJuan Blair has the chance to redeem himself.

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Dec. 28: Chicago Bulls

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On Saturday December 28, the Mavs go on to visit the Chicago Bulls.

Honestly, my hoop dream since 2007 has been for these teams to go head-to-head in the Finals. That was when Chi-Town center Joakim Noah got drafted after leading the Florida Gators to the NCAA Championship two times in a row.

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Dec. 30: Minnesota Timberwolves

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Last but not least, the Mavericks have their third meeting this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Wolves' neck of the woods on December 30.

Neither of Dallas' past two "Dances with Wolves" have treated the Mavs kindly. Make this one count before the New Year's day countdown, Mavs!