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(41-30) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks (31-41)
Date: Monday, March 27
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Dallas +1
NBA Betting Total: 206
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Entering this contest, Oklahoma City sits in sixth in the Western Conference while Dallas holds claim to No. 10.
It’s unlikely that either team rises much in the standings by the time the year ends, as OKC sits 1.5 games back from the LA Clippers (who have already clinched a franchise-best sixth-straight postseason berth) and Dallas is 3 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers.
As far as this contest goes, Dallas is a slight underdog. How well Russell Westbrook plays will determine if that ends up playing out as advertised.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder go as Westbrook goes. On the year, the superstar point guard is averaging 31.2 points, 104. assists and 10.5 rebounds while shooting a career-best 33.6 percent from the three-point line.
If Westbrook records a triple-double, OKC’s success rate goes way higher. That’s normally a problem, as normal players don’t record triple-doubles all that often.
For the Thunder, however, that’s a good thing, as Westbrook’s on pace to average a triple-double on the year and be just the second player in history to do so.
On the year, OKC is averaging 106.9 points per game. That number is good enough for 10th in the league.
Defensively, the Thunder are allowing 105.9 points per contest. That number is good enough for
Dallas isn’t making the playoffs this year. It isn’t yet mathematically eliminated from contention, but its dark horse status is becoming a pipe dream and lottery-bound squad is becoming more realistic.
All that said, nobody on the Mavs is going to give in. From the battle-tested veterans like Dirk Nowitzki and Wes Matthews to the young hungry prospects like Seth Curry and Nerlens Noel, there is a lot of grit on this roster.
All of that grit and determination to succeed trickles down from owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle. The organization as a whole doesn’t give in, and that has an impact on the players.
On the year, Dallas is averaging 97.8 points per game. That number puts it in dead last in the Association.
Defensively is where the Mavs have been able to grit out wins. The team is giving up 100 points per game, which is good enough for third in the league.
Look for the Mavs to load up defensively on Westbrook. Forcing him into uncomfortable situations and poor shooting percentages is what will give the Mavericks the edge when it’s all said and done.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Thunder are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Monday games.
- Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The Mavericks aren’t the atrocious team they were to start the year, but it’s still tough to envision them finding a way to stop (or even pretend to contain) Westbrook.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OKC -1
Give this one to the road team.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 107 – Dallas Mavericks 101
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