Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (L) drives the ball around Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol in the first quarter during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas, Texas
The Mavericks are looking to pair Dirk Nowitzki with another superstar. Reuters

The Thunder and Mavericks had the most highly contest game of the weekend. Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 99-98, on a last second jumper from Kevin Durant.

Dallas looks to tie up the series as Game 2 gets underway Monday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The game tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT. A live stream of the contest can be seen online here.

Oklahoma City has dominated Dallas thus far this season, winning four of the five games between the two teams.

The Mavericks won the NBA Title last year, but haven't been the same team this season. They are not the same defensive team after losing Tyson Chandler to the Knicks, and miss the contributions of Jose Barea and DeShawn Stevenson.

Still, the Mavericks are a worthy opponent for the second seeded Thunder. Oklahoma City is looking for revenge after losing to Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.

OKC is improved from a year ago. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are still a great one-two punch, and James Harden and Serge Ibaka are both much improved.

Dallas will need a strong performance from Dirk Nowitzki in order to defeat the Thunder. Oklahoma City has three of the best players in this game in Durant, Westbrook and Harden.

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET

Channel: TNT

PREDICTION: The Mavericks have done a good job of beating the Thunder this year, but they've managed to keep most of the games close. Nowitzki will probably have a high scoring game, but it won't be enough. Jason Kidd won't be able to slow down Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant will also get his points.

PREDICTED SCORE: Oklahoma City over Dallas, 102-95