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(35-27) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks (25-36)
Date: Sunday March 05
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Mavs -1
NBA Betting Total: 204
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The Thunder are traveling to Dallas to face off against the struggling Mavericks.
Oklahoma City is 3-2 in their last five games, while Dallas is 3-1 in their last four.
The Thunder won the first meeting of this season series and have won 5 in a row overall.
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The debate between Russell Westbrook and James Harden won’t be settled until the regular season concludes. Will his play be enough to secure a high seed in the West?
The last player to score 40 points in 4 straight games was Kobe Bryant. Westbrook joined rare company by performing the feat on Friday night against the Suns. The only issue is the Thunder lost by 7 in surprising fashion.
If they are going to make a name for themselves once the playoffs start they can’t lose games to inferior opponents (on paper). Westbrook played at a breakneck pace, finishing with 48 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 assists.
He will go up against young guards Yogi Farrell and Seth Curry, so he should make it 5 straight games with 40 or more points.
Victor Oladipo will not make the trip due to a back injury, and probably won’t be available for the team until the Tuesday matchup at Portland. Alex Albrines has been serviceable filling in and will be a sneaky 4th scoring option for the Thunder.
Steven Adams had an average performance against the Suns front line, scoring 9 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss. He should have another tough matchup with Nerlens Noel, but I expect a double-double from the big man.
Dallas made moves to build for the future, buying out Deron Williams and trading for Nerlens Noel. The buyout allows Yogi Farrell to get more minutes at PG, and Noel will be a defensive boost on the front line.
Harrison Barnes continues to shine in Dallas, even with the team struggling. He scored 18 points against the Grizzlies, but only grabbed 3 rebounds.
Barnes has been pretty one-dimensional lately, no topping the 4 rebound mark in the last 5 games. If he can crash the boards early it should lead to fast break opportunities for the Mavs.
Dirk Nowitzki confirmed he will be coming back for a 20th season, but will that be a good thing for the Mavs? His up and down play in the last few games is a major cause for concern. He scored 10 points against the Grizzlies but didn’t attack the hoop as he had just 1 free throw attempt.
If he can get hot from outside it should keep things close, but a timid Dirk won’t lead the Mavericks to victory.
The Mavericks defense has given up exactly 100 points in each of the last two games, but that trend won’t continue against the Thunder.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Thunder are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
- Mavericks are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Enes Kanter will be a spark plug on offense, and with Russell Westbrook running the show I don’t see any reason why the Thunder can’t get to 110.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OKC ATS.
This will be a very close game, but I expect Oklahoma City to win by double digits late.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 113 – Dallas 101
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