Denver and San Antonio take on Dallas at American Airlines Center
Two years after the Mavs defeated the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the two franchises have headed in opposite directions.
With Dirk Nowitzki back, it's time for Rick Carlisle to slow the pace of the game down and give more minutes to his best defensive and rebounding big men.
The Dallas Mavericks don't play again until Thursday but the rest of the league will have marquee matchups throughout.
Darren Collison left the Mavericks' loss to the Grizzlies with illness but plans to return Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.
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