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5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Mavericks (Game 5)

The San Antonio Spurs (2-2) return to the AT&T Center to host the Dallas Mavericks (2-2) for Game 5 of their opening round playoff series.

The Spurs regained home court advantage with a narrow 93-89 win in Game 4 in Dallas. The Spurs were led by Manu Ginobili’s 23 points to go along and team-high five assists in 28 minutes. Mavericks guard Monta Ellis totaled a team-high 20 points.

Mavs forward DeJuan Blair will be out Game 5 serving a suspension for kicking former teammate Tiago Splitter in the head in the fourth quarter of Game 4. Spurs guard Tony Parker is questionable for Game 5 due to a left ankle sprain (grade 1)suffered in Game 4.

And as the Spurs look to take the series lead, here are five things to watch for in tonight’s contest:

  • The Mavericks are 8-4 all-time in playoff series when the series is tied 2-2 after four games (including 6-4 in best-of-seven series).
  • The Mavericks have recorded nine-or-fewer turnovers in three of the first four games in the series.
  • The Spurs have committed 15-or-more turnovers in three of the first four games of the series.
  • Since moving to the AT&T Center during the 2002-03 season, the Spurs are 63-21 (.750) in postseason home games.
  • The lower seed has won the last three playoff series between the Mavericks and the Spurs.