GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks head down I-35 to go for their fifth win in a row in a tangle with the Spurs. Except they didn't really go along I-35. They flew. No pro team travels by road anymore. So these highway nicknames for rivalries are kind of dumb. Unless the pilot of the plane flying the Mavs to San Antonio followed I-35, there's no reason for this anymore. Sure, I guess the fans could travel down the highway to see the game, but who cares about them. Wait, so what's going on here? Oh yeah! A game thread!

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A YOU READY FOR A TEXAS-TWO STEP BETWEEN ONE THE LEAGUE'S BEST AND ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S MEDIOCRE?!

WHO: The San Antonio Spurs (49-16) host the Dallas Mavericks (30-33).

WHAT: About as huge a matchup as possible between one of the elite NBA teams and one that is kinda shitty.

WHERE: San Antonio

WHEN: 7 p.m. CT, but it's on TNT which probably means 7:25 or 7:30. Who the hell knows.

HOW: TNT (No Mavs local telecast tonight, lads).

THE STORY: So far, San Antonio has crushed Dallas this season. The Spurs had a dominating win at home in December (spoiling Dirk Nowitzki's return, the jerks!). They then handled the Mavs in Dallas in late January. Dallas hasn't been able to stop San Antonio's potent drive and kick game, but it should be a tiny bit easier without Tony Parker, who will miss his sixth game with an ankle injury. Even without Parker, the Spurs thumped the Thunder in San Antonio just three days ago. Tiago Splitter and his squeaky-clean 19.4 PER and 58.7 field goal percentage has finally give the Spurs a more-than-competent two-way big to pair with Tim Duncan and even though Manu Ginobili is a shell of his former self right now, the Spurs employ enough quality guards (Gary Neal, Danny Green, Cory Joesph) to make up the difference. Even without Parker, the Mavs will have to play almost a flawless game to grab their fifth win in a row.

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