Vs. Overview: The first round of the Western Conference Playoffs features the #4 seeded Dallas Mavericks, the winners of the Southwest division, against the #5 Minnesota Timberwolves, the 2nd wildcard team. This match-up consists of a team who has been here many times before and won the finals last year, against a team that had the 2nd pick in last years draft. These teams split in the regular season, so it is anyone's series. Will the veterans make one final run, or will Minnesota turn a new page and win their first playoff series in years? How They Stack Up: [/SIZE] Statistic Minnesota Dallas[/SIZE] Record 35-23 33-24 (2 games left)[/SIZE] Record at Home 20-9 18-11[/SIZE] Record Away 15-14 15-13[/SIZE] Points For 97.2 90.9[/SIZE] Points Given Up 95.2 89.9[/SIZE] Last 10 Games 6-4 8-2[/SIZE] FG% 47% 46%[/SIZE] 3PT% 38% 36%[/SIZE] RPG 44.6 42.3[/SIZE] SPG 6.6 8.2[/SIZE] TOPG 12.8 14.7[/SIZE] APG 20.8 18.1[/SIZE] Matchups to Watch: Dirk Nowitzki vs. Kevin Love One of the best players in the world against the the face of the Timberwolves franchise. They will face each other a lot at either the four or the five. Both can stretch the floor and make jumpshots. Dirk averages 25 PPG, 8 more than Loves's 17 PPG, but Love pulls down 3.2 more rebounds per game. Will Love be able to handle Dirk without needing any help? Jason Kidd vs. Ricky Rubio The Veteran against the Rookie. Jason Kidd doesn't score much, only averaging 3.2 points per game, but he does average 6.4 assists per game. Rubio tops him in both areas, scoring 12.1, and dishing out 7.6 assists. Rubio looks better on paper, but he doesn't have the experience needed to lead in a playoff series yet. Jason Terry vs. Tony AllenJason Terry will come off the bench and Tony Allen will likely have his minutes timed so when Terry is on the floor, so will Allen. A premier scorer against a premier defender. Jason Terry averages 14 PPG, and 46% from the floor so the guy can play. Terry is in the last year of his contract, so this could be his last time playing for his Mavericks. You have to believe he is going to give it his all. Conclusion:It may be a contest for who can get beat by Mike E 's Thunder next round, but it will still be a very intriguing game between the veterans and the young guns. The Mavericks do not have much left in the tank for future years, so if they want another championship, it needs to be this year. Minnesota is high on life right now, just happy to be here. They know they have been over-achieving this year, but don't see why this shouldn't their series. It should be fun SuperBowlNachos , and I'll see you on the court. What are everyone's predictions for this round 1 matchup?