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Crucial matchups in conference finals

Updated: May 23, 2011, 11:29 AM ET
By Amanda Rykoff

NBA: Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between the Mavericks and Thunder tips tonight in Oklahoma City with Dallas leading 2-1 (9 p.m., ESPN). It's not an exaggeration to say that tonight is a must-win for the Thunder. When a team goes up 3-1 in a seven-game series, it's gone on to win the series 96 percent of the time (192 of 200). Oklahoma City has not lost back-to-back games in the playoffs so far and hopes to continue that trend, though Dallas has won four straight road games. Bench ...

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