Key subtractions could hurt this squad, including the losses of J.J. Barea, Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler. The remaining group will need to step up around superstar Dirk Nowitzki if last year's magical run is to be repeated.
Here's everything you need to know about the Mavericks and their first round series.
First, the schedule:
Game 1 - Sat April 28, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu May 3, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sat May 5, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., TNT/R
Game 5 * Mon May 7, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 10, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 12, Dallas at Oklahoma City ,TBD, TNT
Read on for more on this fascinating first round matchup.