NBA Playoff Prediction: Dirk Difference-Maker as Mavs Get Past Blazers
In what seemed like an Eastern Universe all day, finally a Western Conference matchup on Saturday.
And even though Western fans had to wait all day on Saturday to finally get a game in after three Eastern contests, it’s a Dallas-Portland series that is going to be worth the wait.
The No. 3 seed Mavericks will host a better-than-it’s-sixth-seed Trailblazers squad late Saturday in what is sure to be prelude to a competitive series.
It’s a weird feeling series.
It’s certainly not typical that a No. 3 seed is looked at by many around the country as an underdog to a No. 6 seed.
And the Mavericks are aware of that.
"We know that a lot of people doubt us, but we also know we can't just talk come out and talk about how good we are or how well we're going to play," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said on ESPN.com. "We're going to have to do it on the floor. That's the way it should be. I don't think I've ever been with a team that didn't feel like we have something to prove every time we step on the floor. Our situation now is no different."
Surely the way Dallas stumbled into the playoffs, having split its final eight games and not knowing if they were going to end up a No. 2, 3, or 4 seed even as late as the last game of the year.
Portland, on the other hand, won five of its final seven games.
Still, I don’t see the Blazers taking four games from the Mavericks.
But I do see them winning three.
For those of you who aren’t fast enough to follow along, that means I like Dallas to win the series in seven games.
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