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Game Thread: Mavericks (47-19) at Blazers (37-29)

WHO: The Portland Trail Blazers host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: A possible playoff preview

WHERE: Rose Garden, Portland, OR

WHEN: 9:00pm CT


THE STORY: Trying something new tonight... since it's such a late game, I'm posting the thread earlier so people have a forum in which they can discuss hoops leading up to the all-nighter. The Mavericks are probably none too pleased with their loss to LA. The Blazers are coming off of two straight losses on the road. This is a potential playoff match-up, based on current seeding. How would these two teams square off in the post-season? As is the usual, below the jump you'll find some pre-game links, and don't get too close to the Blazersedge. You might fall over.

Mavericks-Trail Blazers Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
LaMarcus Aldridge may have slowed down near the end of Portland's road trip, but he's been nothing short of spectacular this season against his hometown team. His play, however, hasn't resulted in any victories over the Dallas Mavericks. Aldridge will try to lead the Trail Blazers to their first win in three tries against the Mavericks this season Tuesday night at the Rose Garden.

Inside Report: Mavericks-Trail Blazers preview — Mavs blaze into the Rose Garden
The Mavericks had two days to digest their 96-91 home defeat to the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Now, the Mavs will have to turn their attention to another challenge, hitting the road Tuesday night and beginning a back-to-back by first facing off with a potential first-round playoff series opponent.

Mavericks have a posse ready for LaMarcus Aldridge tonight
The Blazers have a new look about them coming into tonight's game against the Mavericks, largely because Gerald Wallace is with them now, acquired in a trade with Charlotte last month. But it's an old familiar face that most concerns the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks Blog: Playoff Foes, and Brewer & Marion's Roles
During the Dallas Mavericks' recent five-game stretch, they are 2-0 against teams they will never face in the postseason and 0-3 against teams they very well could face beginning next month in a best-of-7 series. Losses to the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets -- both first-round possibilities -- and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are virtually locked in as the second-round matchup as long as both teams advance, have at least raised questions about the Mavs' postseason aspirations of an extended run, at least from the outside.


If the post season started today, based on the current seeding, which team would you like to face in the first round of the playoffs? Share your reasoning in the thread.

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