The Oklahoma City Thunder finished the regular season winning three of their last five games and finishing up with the second best record in the Western Conference. The Thunder host the Dallas Mavericks, a team they beat three out of four times in the regular season, on Saturday night in the opening round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.
The Mavericks limp into the playoffs after losing four of their last six games, including losing back-to-back games to close out the season. The Mavericks knocked out the Thunder last season in the playoffs after Dirk Nowitzki averaged over 30 points per game to outduel Kevin Durant. This year's Mavs team isn't playing near the level of last season's eventual NBA Champions, however.
Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 28
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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