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For the second time in three years, the Dallas Mavericks are going to the Western Conference finals.

After dispatching the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 117116 in Game 6, the Mavericks will face the winner of the second-round series between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The winner of that series will be determined in a winner-take-all seventh game on Sunday.

Here’s everything fans need to know about the Western Conference finals series.

Game schedule

Date Match Time (TC) TELEVISION
May 22 (Wednesday) Game 1: Mavericks at Denver/Minnesota 7:30 pm TNT
May 24 (Friday) Game 2: Mavericks at Denver/Minnesota 7:30 pm TNT
May 26 (Sun.) Game 3: Denver/Minnesota vs. Mavericks 7 p.m. TNT
May 28 (Tuesday) Game 4: Denver/Minnesota vs. Mavericks 7:30 pm TNT
May 30 (Thursday) Game 5: Mavericks at Denver/Minnesota* 7:30 pm TNT
June 1 (Saturday) Game 6: Denver/Minnesota at Mavericks* 7:30 pm TNT
June 3 (Monday) Game 7: Mavericks at Denver/Minnesota* 7:30 pm TNT


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Season Series vs. Nuggets (Denver won 2-1)

November 3: Nuggets 125, Mavericks 114

After the Mavericks rallied to a 4-0 start to the regular season, the Nuggets handed them their first loss of the season. Luka Doncic scored 34 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but also had nine turnovers. Kyrie Irving contributed 22 points and seven assists. The Mavericks struggled to contain MVP Nikola Jokic, who was 14 of 16 from the field for 33 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

December 18: Nuggets 130, Mavericks 104

In their second meeting with the Nuggets, the Mavericks did a better job containing Jokic, who scored eight points on 3-for-8 shooting. However, the trio of Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon and Reggie Jackson scored more than 20 points each in the blowout victory. Doncic, who was playing sick, led the Mavericks with 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Dante Exum was the only other Maverick in double figures with 11 points. Kyrie Irving and Dereck Lively II missed the game due to injuries.

March 17: Mavericks 107, Nuggets 105

Fighting for a playoff spot at the time, Irving’s game-winning left-handed floater over Jokic gave the Mavericks a crucial victory. It was the first time the new-look Mavericks faced the Nuggets since two trade deadline deals for Daniel Gafford and PJ Washington. At their new size, the Mavericks dominated the glass, collecting 22 offensive rebounds. Doncic led all scorers with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Irving scored 24 points and nine assists.

Season Series vs. Timberwolves (Minnesota won 3-1)

December 14: Timberwolves 119, Mavericks 101

With Kyrie Irving out of the lineup, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks couldn’t keep up with the Timberwolves. Doncic scored 39 points with 13 assists, six rebounds and two steals. While Anthony Edwards struggled with nine points on 3-of-19 shooting, Dallas had no answer for Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid. Towns and Reid combined to score 48 points on 16-of-28 shooting.

December 28: Timberwolves 118, Mavericks 110

Playing without Doncic and Irving, the Mavericks were competitive, but lacked offensive firepower. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 32 points off the bench. After struggling in their first matchup, Edwards scored 44 points on 12-of-23 shooting.

January 7: Mavericks 115, Timberwolves 108

In their only matchup together against the Timberwolves, Doncic and Irving combined to score 69 points and lead the Mavericks to victory. Edwards had a double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves.

January 31: Timberwolves 121, Mavericks 87

The depleted Mavericks without Doncic and Irving kept the game close in the first half before Minnesota pulled away for the win. Towns scored 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting, along with nine rebounds and four assists.

Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. (55) shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder...
Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. (55) shoots the ball past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams (8) during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round basketball playoff series the NBA on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 in Oklahoma City. .(Smiley N. Pool / Staff Photographer)

Recapping Mavs-Thunder

– The Mavericks close out the Thunder in Game 6 and advance to the Western Conference finals.

— ‘Old Luka, with a smile’: Luka Doncic reaffirms dominance and magic in crucial Game 5 victory

— Luka Doncic: ‘Unacceptable’ free throws doom Mavericks in Game 4 loss to Thunder

— Mavs’ PJ Washington emerges as third scorer after two surprising playoff games

— Fresh off an award snub, Luka Doncic played like an MVP in the Mavericks’ Game 2 win over the Thunder

– A woeful shooting night dooms Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder

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