OKC Thunder tie with Dallas Mavericks in second round of NBA playoffs

The Oklahoma City Thunder made quick work of the New Orleans Pelicans in Round 1, earning their second sweep in franchise history. This secured their place in the second round and left them with their arms crossed waiting for their next opponent.

On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks were able to close out their first-round clash with the Clippers in Game 6 of that series at the American Airline Center.

The No. 5 seed will now advance to Round 2 attempting to pull off an upset of the league’s youngest No. 1 seed.

Round two for these I-35 foes will begin Tuesday, May 7 in Oklahoma City. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 on TNT and will mark the Thunder’s third home playoff game this season.

Both teams will then enjoy a day off on Saturday before hitting the practice court on Sunday with knowledge of their second-round opponent in hand.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will have had seven days between games, while the Mavericks will receive only three days between games. Whether there will be any rust for the Bricktown boys suffering another long layoff remains to be seen.

The Paycom Center is certainly ready to rock after grabbing the headlines in the first round, the Thunder fan base will be able to support a second-round team for the first time since 2016.

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