Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Mavericks vs Thunder Lines
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(42-40) Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)
Round 1: Game 1
Date: Saturday April 16
Time: 9:30PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -12 (OPENED at -8.5)
NBA Betting Total: 208.5 (OPENED at 213)
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The NBA playoffs are here! This game has the potential to set the tone for this series and a possible upset series.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook look to end their playoff woes.
The Mavs, led by veteran Dirk Nowitzki, look to come up with a sneaky game 1 upset.
The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to lead this playoff run pushing from the veterans.
There are many veterans on this team that have playoff experiences, but of them all, Dirk Nowitzki has been leading the Mavericks for years.
The European big man has had another solid “Dirk year” where he averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The player that need to keep up for the Mavericks this series is point guard Deron Williams. Williams has had somewhat of a down year thus far, only averaging 14.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
The Mavs will not be able to win the series with those stats from Williams.
Wesley Matthews will need to be a big factor defensive in this series, as he will probably be guarding K.D., but Matthews will need to be a presence offensively too,. As he has only averaged 12.5 points per game this season.
The Mavericks look to put pressure on the Thunder and take game 1 in OKC.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The OKC Thunder seem to be a darkhorse for the Western Conference playoffs.
Led by two guys that can score at any time with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant has had another MVP caliber year with 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5 assist per game in the regular season.
That is a big season coming off the season that he had last season as he was nagging injuries.
Russell Westbrook has been a stat packing machine for another season now. Westbrook has averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 7.8 rebounds per game in the regular season.
I look for the matchup of Westbrook vs. Williams to be the biggest miss-match of this series, and Westbrook will own him here. I also look for Enes Kantar coming off the bench this season has been good for the Thunder, and I expect him to continue his ways here.
Kantar has averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in the regular season.
The Thunder look to take Game 1 at home to start their playoff run off hot.
NBA Betting Trends:
- DAL are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Over is 8-3-1 in DAL last 12 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Underdog is 19-8 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
- Road team is 35-16-2 ATS in the last 53 meetings.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
This game will be determined by the key to success for both teams. Will Dallas be able to contain this high-octane offense?
Will the Thunder be able to play at the pace they want to, and wear this veteran team out early. I look for the latter to occur in game 1.
I believe that with the days off that OKC had, I believe that Westbrook and Durant will be able to score at will in game one.
I do not see a defensive presence on Dallas to be able to be able to stop even one of these guys.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OVER 208.5
I look for the Thunder to take game 1 in handily fashion.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Dallas 105 Oklahoma City 117
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