How crazy is it that Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki have never played each other in the playoffs?
After a surprisingly difficult first-round matchup with the Hornets, the Lakers look forward to the next team that stands in the way of their three-peat.
As for the Mavericks, many expected them to be upset by the lower-seeded Trail Blazers. Dallas proved the doubters wrong and have advanced to the conference semifinals. Do they have what it takes to upset the mighty Lakers?
I think not.
Here are five reasons why the Lakers will easily beat the Mavericks.