Rich’s Scouting Report: Breaking Down The First Round Of The Western Conference Playoffs

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

Apr 10, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts to being called for a technical foul during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the one series I feel pretty confident picking – how brave of me!  I understand that the Miami Heat are the two-time defending champions, and that these Spurs came up a bit short against LeBron and company in last year’s Finals, but I think it’s pretty obvious that the Spurs are the best team in the NBA this year, which means the Larry O’Brien Trophy is San Antonio’s to win or lose.  If Father Time can turn a blind eye and allow Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli to make it through these playoffs unscathed, the Spurs are going to be crowned the champions once again.

All of which means the Dallas Mavericks are just one speed bump out West trying to stop a giant Mack truck of destiny.  I like Dallas, especially Dirk Nowitzki, and I’m glad that the Mavericks made it in.  I wish them no ill will, but I cannot envision a scenario in which Nowitzki and Monta Ellis can shake the curse that the Spurs have placed on them.  Dallas can score and shoot, and yet I’m still predicting San Antonio in six.  Just don’t be surprised if the Spurs take it in less.

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