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Where: Game 6 – American Airlines Center, Dallas.
When: Saturday May 3, 01:00 BST
Despite their struggles through this series, the San Antonio Spurs have the opportunity to seal a 4-2 series win against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
However, lose on their trip to Dallas and they return home for a winner-takes-all scenario and so coach Gregg Popovich will be determined to see his men finish the job at the first opportunity.
San Antonio’s Big Three of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have been instrumental at different times to put the top seed from the Western Conference in the position that they are in now, while Thiago Splitter has been a real presence inside with three consecutive double-doubles.
Nevertheless, it still hasn’t been quite enough to ensure that they look just as convincing as they have done throughout the regular season, and they will need the rest of the roster to step up and make shots.
On the other end, Dirk Nowitzki recovered from a slow start to produce his best game of the series so far with 26 points and 15 rebounds last time out, while Vince Carter added 28 points on 7-of-9 from long range.
However, it still wasn’t enough to get the win for the Mavs, and so Monta Ellis will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in getting them through to a decider with his ability to penetrate and open up space for his team-mates.
Popovich will scheme against that and find ways to nullify the Dallas threat whilst also preaching to his players about ball movement and limiting turnovers, but it promises to be a nervy night of action in Dallas for these two Western conference rivals.