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Matchup of the Game: Spurs vs. Mavericks

The matchup of the game when the Dallas Mavericks visit the AT&T Center to rekindle their rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs will be between Cory Joseph and Darren Collison.

This will be Cory Joseph's first game against the Dallas Mavericks this season and the Spurs will need him to contain Darren Collison to have a good shot at winning this game. The Mavericks have been underacheiving as a team, but they've gotten decent numbers from a handful of players including Collison. Darren's been averaging 12.2ppg with 5.4apg this season and he'll look to exceeed his averages this game. Joseph has been playing good defense as the replacement for Tony Parker, although the stats may not tell the whole story with great performances by top point guards he's had to face.

What Joseph must do on offense:

He has to stay active on the offensive end. He's shown he can drive easily against opponent's when there's some daylight given by the defense. His driving will help his shooters get open shots, especially if the big men have to help against him. He can't do this consisntly the whole game, but he needs to give the Spurs' offense different looks when he's in the game. He's also been shooting well at 54% FG (40% 3FG) this season with San Antonio. If Joseph can knock down shots, it'll open up his drives and the Spurs will be tough to beat.

What Joseph must do on defense:

He has to keep Collison out of the restricted area where he's shooting 60% (127-211). While Collison is one of the quicker point guards in the league, Joseph has shown he can keep up with the fastest guards and also contest well on defense with his longer arms. If Joseph can run Collison from the mid range area and keep him in the paint that's not the restricted area, the Spurs defense should be a great help for him. Collison is shooting just 34% (27-79) from that area and hasn't thrown up a lot of shots from there, so you can guess that Collison has trouble making decisions in that part of the court.

Matchup of the Game: Spurs vs. Mavericks

Tony Parker and Darren Collison will be the matchup of the game for Sunday night when the San Antonio Spurs host the Dallas Mavericks for their first game of the 2012-20Associated Press13 season.

With the Mavericks waiving Derek Fisher, Collison will be expected to take the majority of the minutes against Tony Parker at the start of the game. Both point guards are speedy and looking to get to the hole as often as they can.

Parker and the Spurs will have to force Collison to mid-range and above since he's shooting 42% in the paint. He's shooting 50% from mid range but hasn't had as many opportunities to prove he can hit that shot consistently this season (4-8). If he can't make outside shots, that'll make it an easy night for the Spurs, especially against the slower bigs they have in the center position.

Parker will have use a good amount of his legs on both sides of the floor, especially if the Mavs look to pick and roll or pop with one of their bigs. Parker will have to push the pace and look to get a huge lead on Dallas early since they're still without their main star, Dirk Nowitzki. 

The pressure on carrying the offense won't be too much like in the past weeks with the whole team being healthy again, but look for Parker to get easier shots because of it.

With more perimeter shooters around him, Tony can easily look to get in the paint with a big man setting a pick for him and forcing the defense to rotate.

Dallas has a big rotation of Shawn Marion, Chris Kaman, and Elton Brand, all who usually can't keep up with Parker after being a step behind to protect the paint.

The Spurs have a rotation of bigs who have different styles and strengths on the court and look for Parker to take advantage of that on the defense when the defense has to take a second to think about how they want to cover the play the Spurs are throwing at them.

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