NBA Playoffs 2011: 12 Bold Predictions for Dallas Mavericks vs. OKC Thunder

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NBA Playoffs 2011: 12 Bold Predictions for Dallas Mavericks vs. OKC Thunder
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The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder are set for what is sure to be an epic Western Conference Finals. 

The two teams finished a respective third and fourth during the regular season, and each team boasts a collection of superstars that have gotten them to this point.  Their paths to the WCF have been quite different, however. 

After beating an exciting Portland Trail Blazers team in the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs, Dallas shocked the world and swept the defending champion LA Lakers to reach the WCF for the first time since the 2005-06 NBA postseason.  Dirk Nowitzki has his veteran team playing together and riding with confidence entering the WCF.

Led by young superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder are the West’s “it” team.  After beating the Denver Nuggets in the opening round, the Thunder ground out an epic seven-game bout against the up-and-coming Memphis Grizzlies.     

This series boasts two of the NBA’s most prolific offenses in what is sure to be a tightly fought battle.  Here are 12 bold predictions for the Western Conference Finals.

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