NBA Stats

Apr 18 2014 7:55PM

SportVU Preview: San Antonio Spurs (1) vs Dallas Mavericks (8)

The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks square off in the No. 1 vs. No. 8 opening round matchup in the Western Conference playoffs. The series tips off with Game 1 on Sunday, Apr. 20 in San Antonio (1:00 p.m. ET, TNT). The Spurs finished the regular season with a league-best 62-20 record, while the Mavericks (49-33) secured their playoff berth in the season's final days and are the only Western Conference playoff team with fewer than 50 wins.

We take a closer look at some of the key matchups in this series with the help of SportVU player tracking technology. The SportVU data allows us to look at specific player vs. player matchup stats in a variety of categories such as drives, rebounds, the amount of time each defender spent guarding a player and much more. How did Dirk Nowitzki fare against the defense of Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw? Did Kawhi Leonard have any luck slowing down Monta Ellis? Check out the stats below to find the answers.

And for additional statistical analysis on this first round matchup, be sure to check out John Schuhmann's numbers breakdown on

Top Matchups

J. CalderonT. Parker23:2414-1921%1-333%10-04009
D. NowitzkiB. Diaw18:16112-2450%0-00%54-411128
M. EllisK. Leonard17:3509-1947%0-10%20-0111118
B. DiawD. Nowitzki17:1915-1145%1-425%00-031111
T. ParkerJ. Calderon16:42010-1856%1-1100%43-4131324

Dirk Nowitzki: Primary Matchups (Offense)

In four games versus the Spurs this season, Dirk Nowitzki spent the majority of his time being covered by Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter. Dirk shot 50% against both defenders, consistent with his 50% FG% against all defenders on half-court possessions.

Boris DiawTiago Splitter
Matchup Time18:167:52
FGM-FGA12-24 (50%)5-10 (50%)
Offensive Rebounds10

Kawhi Leonard: Primary Matchups (Defense)

Kawhi Leonard spent the majority of his time (17:35) covering Monta Ellis, but he also spent more than four minutes (4:21) guarding Vince Carter.

Monta EllisVince Carter
Matchup Time17:354:21
FGM-FGA9-19 (47%)2-5 (40%)
3FGM-3FGA0-1 (0%)1-3 (33%)
Points Allowed185

Tim Duncan vs. DeJuan Blair

Tim Duncan and DeJaun Blair spent the majority of their time on the court matched up with each other.

DuncanBlair14:1027-14 (50%)220
BlairDuncan12:3046-10 (60%)112

Tony Parker: Offense

In the three games he played against Dallas this season, Parker spent most of his time being guarded by Jose Calderon (16:42). He was also guarded by Wayne Ellington (3:02) and Shawn Marion (3:01) for more than three minutes. Parker shot well in each of these matchups, as he went a combined 14-25 (56%) versus Calderon, Ellington, and Marion.

Danny Green: Offense

Danny Green torched the Mavericks from three point range this season. He shot 12-20 (60%) overall from three point range and 7-10 (70%) from three on half-court possessions.

DefenderFGM-FGA (FG%)3FGM-3FGA (3FG%)eFG%
Monta Ellis3-5 (60%)2-2 (100%)80%
Jose Calderon0-1 (0%)0-1 (0%)0%
Vince Carter2-2 (100%)1-1 (100%)125%
Dirk Nowitzki3-3 (100%)2-2 (100%)133%
Other4-8 (50%)2-4 (50%)63%

Drives Allowed

Tony ParkerJose Calderon13
Monta EllisKawhi Leonard11
Vince CarterMarco Belinelli5
Vince CarterDanny Green5
Monta EllisManu Ginobili5
Tony ParkerMonta Ellis5