The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-90 in Game 7 and advanced to the Western conference Finals earlier today.
They have a lot of momentum, and it will definitely carry over into the next series against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs are on a 9-day sabbatical before their series against the Thunder after dismantling the defending champs in a 4-game series sweep that ended back on Mother's Day.
Despite being an older and more experienced team, Dallas' layoff will harm them against the young and energetic Kevin Durant led Thunder team. They will come out rusty and too relax, which may lead them into a big deficit early which will help OKC steal Game 1 in Dallas on May 17.
Along with Dallas' hiatus, the Thunder's young stars in Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden will be too much for the aging Mavs. The Mavs have a history of failing in the playoffs, and their past will catch up to them against the team who most analysts think is the "darling" of the NBA.
OKC will win the West Finals in a tough battle, but nonetheless they will play either the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals come June.