With the best-of-seven series tied at one win apiece, the scenery shifts to Dallas for Game 3 of the 2014 NBA playoffs between the Spurs and Mavs. As indicated in an April 25, 2014, SBN report, American Airlines Center in “Big D” will be rocking for tonight’s game, which will be nationally-televised on TNT and streaming live on TNT-Overtime at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CST/2:30 p.m. MST/1:30 p.m. PST).
Gregg Popovich’s (1-1) San Antonio Spurs protected home-court in the series opener, as they drew first blood with a narrow 90-85 victory. However in Game 2, Rick Carlisle caught up with the strategy employed by the recently-named NBA Coach of The Year, and thus, the (1-1) Dallas Mavericks shocked the defending Western Conference champs, 113-92.
What will happen when these intrastate rivals collide in Game 3 of this best-of-seven 2014 NBA playoffs series? ESPN.com lists five different sportsbooks and their odds for tonight’s crucial game. Coincidentally, they all list the Spurs [-4] as four-point favorites versus the Mavericks [+4] with the OVER/UNDER tallying an even 200 points.
However, the role of underdogs is exactly where Dallas feels most comfortable in this series. Devin Harris’ role as the Mavs’ “difference maker” is a perfect illustration of this team’s spirit, reported The Dallas News on April 25, 2014.
After spending the offseason as a free agent, rehabilitating a surgically repaired foot, the former fifth-overall pick didn’t make his NBA debut until Jan. 18 for Dallas. Since then, the guard out of Wisconsin has gone from a bench warmer, to averaging 18.5 points, 5 assists and 3.5 rebounds through two postseason games.
“It’s what I came back for,” he said. “Obviously, that’s why I wanted to come back and be in this type of situation, play these types of games and be in this type of series. Right now it’s perfect — fitting for me to be here.”
With the series knotted up and with home-court advantage gone, Dallas certainly has San Antonio’s attention. Tonight’s game will be a very telling sign as to how the rest of the series will play out. Can the Mavericks take the Spurs best punch and survive, or will they look for an exit the moment their tenacity is tested?
Don’t miss tonight’s 2014 NBA playoffs critical Game 3 between the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks. This game will be nationally televised on TNT Sports and streaming live and free on TNT Overtime, so there’s no excuse to miss a minute of the action.