Mar, 5, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) looks to pass the ball against Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA Playoffs: Thunder Will Open Against Mavericks, Series Begins Saturday

The Thunder will open the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks, who ended Oklahoma City's season a year ago.

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2012 NBA Playoff Odds: Thunder Are Favorite To Reach NBA Finals, 15/4 Odds To Win NBA Title

To get to the second round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder are faced with the task of taking down the defending NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks.

The Thunder enter the postseason as the second seed and are at 15-to-4 odds to win the NBA title. Dallas is at 17-to-2 odds, which the Miami Heat have the best odds from Vegas, sitting at 9-to-4.

The Thunder won three of the four games from the Mavericks during the regular season, however the three victories were all by single digits, including one being a two-point win.

To many basketball observers the Mavericks window is closing, while the Thunder expect to be a true contender for many seasons to come.

For all the latest news and notes about the Thunder playoff run, head over to Welcome to Loud City, while Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball. Both sites are part of the SB Nation Network of blogs.

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2012 NBA Playoff Preview: Thunder Face Defending Champion Mavericks

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook hope to lead the young guns against the former champs.

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