No. 2 SAN ANTONIO SPURS (58-24, 4-0) vs. No. 6 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (47-35, 4-2)
Season series: Tied, 2-2. The Spurs shot 41.7 percent and scored 10 fewer points than their average (103.6) against the Warriors during the regular season. Golden State shot 42.1 percent and scored nearly seven points below its season average (99.9) per game. Of course, so many starters on both sides sat out various games to rest or recover from injuries it's difficult to predict whether those trends continue.
Story line: The Spurs have won a remarkable 29 straight over the Warriors in San Antonio since 1997, when Tim Duncan was still playing at Wake Forest. To win the series, Golden State will need to end that streak. Stephen Curry's 3-point prowess and Andrew Bogut's left ankle held up enough for the Warriors to overcome All-Star forward David Lee's hip injury to get past a fast and physical Denver team in six games. The Spurs earned a week of rest for aging stars Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Duncan after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers.
Key Matchup I: Bogut vs. Duncan. Bogut only played in one of the four meetings against the Spurs this season, when he had just four points and 11 rebounds in San Antonio's 104-93 home win March 20. His sore left ankle remains a constant concern, but Bogut has played his best this season in the playoffs. Duncan averaged 22.6 points, 12 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 3.3 assists in the three games he played against Golden State. The Spurs were 2-1 when he started.
Key Matchup II: Jarrett Jack vs. Ginobili. Two of the NBA's top reserves are both key to their team's success. Ginobili missed nine of San Antonio's final 10 games with a strained right hamstring, then averaged 11.3 points and 4.8 assists in just fewer than 20 minutes per game against the Lakers. Jack started four of the six games against Denver after Lee's injury and averaged 18.8 points, seven assists and 5.2 rebounds in 38 minutes for the series.
X-Factor: Curry. He hit 272 3-pointers in the regular season, three more than Ray Allen's record set in 2005-06 with Seattle. Curry's bursts from beyond the arc overwhelmed Denver in the first round and make the Warriors a scary opponent every time he takes the court.