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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

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It's the day after Christmas and all over the house, everyone was eagerly awaiting Spurs-Mavs.

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WHO: San Antonio Spurs

WHAT: Somehow, the FIRST meeting between these two teams this season

WHERE: American Airlines Center

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. CT

HOW: FSSW

THE STORY: We're 28 games into the season and somehow the Mavs and Spurs haven't played each other yet. That changes tonight, with San Antonio rolling into Dallas off the heels of a loss to Houston on national television. The Spurs probably aren't too happy about that and have several players (Tony Parker, primarily) ready to make amends for a poor showing, so the Mavericks will need to come out ready to play if they want to better a 11-3 home record.

Specifically, the Dallas bench needs to keep up with a Spurs 2nd unit that is very talented and can score in bunches. It'll be harder to survive an off-night from a key player tonight than it usually is. But I'm expecting a great game and hopefully it lives up to my expectations.