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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers, Game 1

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Mavericks playoff basketball starts up once again.

LA Clippers v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

WHO: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

WHAT: Game 1 of their first round playoff matchup

WHERE: Staples Center, Los Angeles

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. CST

HOW: ESPN or Bally Sports Southwest

THE STORY: Playoff basketball is back! The Mavericks enter the postseason for the second time in the Luka Doncic-era, facing the Clippers in a rematch from last season’s playoffs. An undermanned Dallas team pushed Los Angeles to seven games, including Doncic’s legend-making buzzer-beating three pointer in Game 4.

Things are a little different this team. The Mavericks will have Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson and Willie Cauley-Stein available and the Clippers have re-tooled their roster around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Clippers are still very, very good, but the Mavericks are better as well. It should be an entertaining matchup at the very least.

If you want the lowdown on what to expect in this series or need coverage to get you up to speed, just check out the rest of our site. There is so much coverage from the past week, it’d take too long to list it out here. We’ve got you covered. Enjoy the game!