2013 NBA Playoffs: Complete Western Conference first round preview

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No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers

Season Series: Spurs 2-1

Jan 9, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives past Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (behind) during the first half at the AT

How they matchup:

San Antonio- 58-24

Points per game: 103.0 (fourth)

Rebounds per game: 41.3 (21st)

Assists per game: 25.1 (first)

Points allowed per game: 96.6 (11th)

Field goal percentage: 48.1% (second)

Three-point percentage:  37.6% (fourth)

Free-throw percentage:  79.1% (third)

Los Angeles- 45-37

Points per game: 102.2 (sixth)

Rebounds per game: 44.8 (fourth)

Assists per game:  22.2 (17th)

Points allowed per game: 101.0 (22nd)

Field goal percentage: 45.8% (10th)

Three-point percentage:  35.5% (19th)

Free-throw percentage:  69.2% (last)

What to expect: The Spurs have been beat up and haven’t been playing well, but it’s time they turn it on.

The Lakers will make it tough with their size, but at the end of the day the Spurs are simply the better team.

The loss of Kobe Bryant hurts in a series format as I have little faith in Dwight Howard being able to lead the Lakers to a series victory.

The Spurs know how to win in the postseason and I would expect to see something big from Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and company.

Prediction: San Antonio in six

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