Most matchups favor the Mavericks

DALLAS – The Mavericks were the team the West’s lower seeds wanted to play, a popular pick to lose in the first round.

The Mavs were given slim to no chance to beat the two-time defending Los Angeles Lakers. (Never mind the odds of pulling off the sweep.)

It certainly doesn’t bother Dallas to be considered underdogs in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

“On paper, we don’t necessarily match up well with anybody, when you just go one-on-one right down the line,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We'd just as soon play the game and see how we do.”

Actually, on paper, the majority of the matchups against Miami favor the Mavs.

Tyson Chandler vs. Joel Anthony? Anthony is a little better shot-blocker, but Chandler is superior in every other aspect of the game.

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Chris Bosh? Bosh is one of the top five power forwards in the NBA. Dirk is one of the top five power forwards of all-time.

Jason Kidd vs. Mike Bibby? Kidd is five years older, but you sure couldn’t tell by the point guards’ performance in this postseason.

The battle of the benches? The Mavs’ reserves led the league with 40.4 points per game this season. The Heat finished dead last with an average of 21.9 bench points.

But the two mismatches in Miami’s favor are major doozies. In fact, they are a pair of the NBA’s top-five players, according to Carlisle: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.