Three months ago, the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks squared off in a season-opening, Christmas Day battle between the two teams that met in the NBA Finals last June.
The Heat won that first contest 105-94, but the final score isn't very indicative of how the game actually went. Miami led by as much as 35 that afternoon, and coasted to an easy victory thanks to the efforts of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who combined for 63 points.
With three-quarters of the season in the books, the two teams meet tomorrow for the final time this year, barring a rematch in the Finals. Neither squad has been dominant as of late, but both teams will assuredly be on their respective games in front of a national audience.
Miami is looking to break a two-game losing streak, while Dallas desperately needs a win to keep pace in the crowded Western Conference playoff hunt.
The Mavericks have won 17 of the past 19 regular season games between the two teams, but with the Heat so dominant at home this year (20-2 at the American Airlines Arena, best in the NBA), Dirk Nowitzki and company definitely have their work cut out for them.
So as we get ready for Heat vs. Mavericks, let's take a look at the position-by-position battles between the two teams.