This should be a great series. With the two teams so close geographically, travel won't be a factor. Travel, you say? Who cares? The team that advances does, for one. It's a short 80-minute flight (at most) between NO and DAL. Less wear and tear will come into play in the next round.
With DAL as the seven seed, they won't have the pressure they did last season when GS (an eight seed) upset them.
Really looking forward to the Kidd-Paul match-up at the point position. Dallas's depth (167-87 in bench points vs Hornets in season series) and postseason experience gives the Mavs the edge. DAL in seven.