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2014 NBA Playoff Series Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

Dallas vs. San Antonio
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The San Antonio Spurs will enter the 2014 NBA Playoffs with the best record in the league. The Dallas Mavericks won’t, but at least they are in the playoffs. The Mavericks will enter this series as huge underdogs. After all, the Spurs have the best record and they did make it to the NBA Finals last year.

PG Matchup: Tony Parker vs. Jose Calderon

Tony Parker
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PG Matchup: Tony Parker vs. Jose Calderon

Tony Parker
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Jose Calderon is not Tony Parker. Parker has been in the league for quite some time now, but he is still a very, very good player and he has the numbers to prove it.

SG Matchup: Danny Green vs. Monta Ellis

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SG Matchup: Danny Green vs. Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis is going to be one of the best players on the court. After all, he is averaging 19 points per game, 5.7 assists per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. You never know, though, Danny Green could go off from three-point land like he did in last year’s Finals.

SF Matchup: Kawhi Leonard vs. Shawn Marion

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SF Matchup: Kawhi Leonard vs. Shawn Marion

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Shawn Marion has the experience. Then again, Kawhi Leonard did play in the NBA Finals last year. Leonard is younger, more productive and he is on the better team.

PF Matchup: Tim Duncan vs. Dirk Nowitzki

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PF Matchup: Tim Duncan vs. Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas
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You have to love this matchup. Both players have been awesome for the longest time and both players will go down as legends. That is all I am going to say about this one other than the fact that both players are very important to their teams.

C Matchup: Tiago Splitter vs. Samuel Dalembert

Dallas Mavericks
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C Matchup: Tiago Splitter vs. Samuel Dalembert

Dallas Mavericks
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Neither player is the most productive on their team, which makes their play that much more important. It will be interesting to see which player can have a better series. If one goes off, that could be the difference.

Bench Matchup

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Bench Matchup

San Antonio
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Both San Antonio and Dallas have great benches, which could be the x-factor for each team. Manu Ginobili and Vince Carter have been around the block a few times, but both players still provide a lot for their team. Watch out for both benches in this series.

Coaching Matchup: Gregg Popovich vs. Rick Carlisle

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Coaching Matchup: Gregg Popovich vs. Rick Carlisle

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Both coaches have quite a bit of coaching experience in the playoffs, but it is Gregg Popovich who has four titles. Carlisle has one. Regardless, two very good coaches will be going head-to-head right off the bat in the first round.

Series Notes

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Series Notes

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Regular Season Series: San Antonio 4, Dallas 0

San Antonio lost in the NBA Finals last season. That has to hurt, especially for a team that is not getting any younger. Well, the Spurs ended up having the best record in the NBA this year.

As for the Mavericks, they have had a surprising season and Dirk Nowitzki has been awesome. San Antonio is expected to win with ease, but miracles do happen from time to time.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.