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MAVERICKS VS. THUNDER

West final

When/where: Game 1, 9 tonight; American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: ESPN

Records: Mavericks, 57-25 regular season, 8-2 playoffs; Thunder, 55-27, 8-4

Season series: Mavericks, 2-1

Key matchup: Jason Kidd vs. Russell Westbrook. Westbrook shot a dismal 14-of-44 (31.8 percent) against Dallas this season, but his speed could be too much for the 38-year-old Kidd. Dallas still has plenty of options to defend the All-Star point guard.

X-factor: Peja Stojakovic. He made all six 3-pointers in the Mavs' clincher against the Lakers and 9 of 13 3s in the final two games of the series, a reminder he was once an elite outside shooter. His back problems shouldn't bother him with eight days of rest.

Times wires

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