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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-16) Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (15-21)
Date: Thursday, March 11th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
Thursday, March 11th the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder play for the second time this season. In the initial match played on March 3rd, the teams delivered a defensive slugfest with the Mavs winning 87-78.
The Thunder holds the all-time record between the squads with 83 victories in 161 meetings. Last season these clubs played twice splitting the two contests.
After playing in the All-Star Game, Luka Doncic is keen to keep his squad building upon the momentum they finished the first half with when they collected victories in nine of 11 games.
The Mavericks are one of four teams who returned early from the All-Star break to play on Wednesday in an effort to make up for a game that was postponed in the first half of the season.
Dallas defeated the Spurs 115-104 in a game that was relatively close until the Mavericks put the defensive clamps on in the final frame outscoring San Antonio 28-18.
Doncic delivered a triple-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. His superstar partner Kristaps Porzingis dropped a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds.
Josh Richardson (12), Maxi Kleber (11), and Willie Cauley-Stein (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
The Mavericks are fully healthy to start the second half.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Cinderella team of the first half was the Oklahoma City Thunder who Vegas projected to collect 22.5 wins in total this season.
Having already collected 15 in their 36 games the Thunder would need to finish the season with seven or fewer victories to meet that projection.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t get tapped for the All-Star Game but is registering impressive figures which are predominantly career-best tallies in key categories all while accomplishing it with above-average efficiency.
Although he began the season struggling from the perimeter (35.2%) and the free-throw line (76.6%) since the 12th game he’s shot 44.7 percent from the perimeter and 80.7 percent from the stripe bolstering his season averages to 41.2% and 79.4% respectively..
The Thunder won their last match prior to the break defeating the Spurs 107-102 with SGA leading the way scoring 33 points.
Darius Bazley registered a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Muscala (18), Luguentz Dort (15), and Isaiah Roby (12) also reached double-figure scoring.
Hamidou Diallo (groin) and Josh Hall (knee) are both listed as out. George Hill (thumb) is out until March.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Mavericks are 7-3 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Mavericks are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 2-7-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Look for the Thunder to try to jump on the Mavericks from the tip given their rest advantage. The key battle will likely be which team plays closest to their strength.
To wit, as per stat master John Schuhmann, the Thunder average 60.2 drives per game, which is the most for any team in eight seasons of player tracking. Meanwhile, the Mavericks allow opponents to score the sixth-fewest points in the paint
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +6.5
In their first meeting, Dallas held OKC to the fewest points this season. While OKC struggles offensively ranking dead last, they’re also a club who typically adapts well so it’s unlikely the Mavs can keep them under 80 points again especially on a back-to-back set.
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