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The Spurs look to extend their 10 game winning streak, and stay perfect at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
January 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Spurs time
TV: FSSW Radio: 1200 AM WOAI

The Dallas Mavericks have been, to most, surprisingly good so far in the first half of the season. While the Silver and Black have the timeless Tim Duncan at the power forward position, the Mavs have one of their own in Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk is averaging a solid 18 points and eight rebounds per game, leading his team in scoring at 37 years old.

The difference is, Dirk is having to play nearly 31 minutes per contest while Duncan is at a steady 26.2. The Spurs league-leading NetRtg (14.7, per NBA.com) allows Timmy and the rest of the starters to sit out the majority of fourth quarters, which could put them at a real advantage once the post-season comes along. Nonetheless, the Mavericks are sitting in the 5th spot in the West, but still aren't considered as one of the "elite" teams in the conference, as are the Spurs, Warriors, Thunder, and Clippers.

The main issue concerning this Dallas team is the lack of depth. While Kawhi Leonard is the only Spur starter averaging more than 30 minutes per game, the Mavs have all but one starter who spends that much time or more on the floor. The key to a Spurs victory is to simply go at the starters right from the start, and put the game out of reach early on.

One way they can do that, is by playing inside-out. The Mavs allow opposing teams to shoot over 60% from inside five feet from the basket, per NBA.com, which puts them in the bottom six in the league in that category. Tony Parker, who's been magnificent this season at getting in the paint and creating offense, should be able to slice and dice through the lane and get the Spurs out to an early lead.

Matchup to watch: Spurs' starters vs. Mavs' starters: San Antonio's first unit took some time to get going offensively this season, but have been great as of late. While the Spurs' "Juice" unit is completely capable of out-doing the Mavericks bench, I'd like to see the starters put the game away early. LaMarcus Aldridge has had a great last few games, aside from his struggles against Cleveland, and it would be extremely beneficial if he were to keep that momentum going through the end of the month when the Spurs go up against the Warriors on the 25th.

No one seems able to stop the Spurs as of late, as they seek to extend their league-best 10 game winning streak (tied with the Clippers) and stay perfect at the AT&T Center.


San Antonio Spurs (35-6)

Dallas Mavericks (23-18)

January 17, 2016

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

7:00 PM CST

TV: FSSW

Starters

Tony Parker

PG

Deron Williams

Danny Green

SG

Wesley Matthews

Kawhi Leonard

SF

Chandler Parsons

LaMarcus Aldridge

PF

Dirk Nowitzki

Tim Duncan

C

Zaza Pachulia


Game prediction: Spurs by 12.

For the Mavericks perspective, check out Mavs Moneyball.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher.