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(56-28) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks (43-41)
Round 1: Game 3
Date: Thursday April 21
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 196.5
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This Game 3 seems to be a turning point in the series.
The Thunder look to get their fire back after tripping up in game 2
Dallas looks to open their home stand in fashion Thursday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder tripped up in Game 2 and it is all to be blamed by tempo. The Thunder were held under 90 points, something that you hardly ever see in this day.
They did not get their 25+ point contribution out of their star players which is something else they are used to having. Russell Westbrook led the team in production, with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists.
A low scoring night for Westbrook, but the production was there for a chance to win.
Kevin Durant posted 21 points and 9 rebounds on the night, and Serge Ibaka put in 12 points to go with 8 boards. OKC needs to put points on the board, if they keep playing these defensive games against Dallas they will be sent home earlier than expected this offseason.
If I was coaching this team I would let Durant and Westbrook put up 70 shots this game and let them play ball.
The Thunder look to bounce back after the game 2 loss.
The Dallas Mavericks head home after taking a game in OKC that was almost stolen from them late. Big turn around for the Mavs, and it’s all to credit to the start of Zaza Pachulia! Just Kidding.
I said before Game 2 that the Mavericks needed production out of someone other than Dirk in order to compete this Thunder team, and they did just that.
Dallas Mavericks was led by guard Raymond Felton who posted a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. That was just what they needed to go with Dirk Nowitzki pouring in 17 points in the ball game. Deron Williams had a much better night with 13 points and 5 assists.
The Mavs need to come out in this home opener and control the tempo again.
They are able to beat the Thunder if they can keep the scoring low, and they showed that. Look for the Mavs to continue to exploit this Thunder defense at the guard position.
The Mavs look to turn the series in their favor with a win in Dallas on Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- OKC are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thu. games.
- Under is 8-1 in DAL last 9 Thu. games.
- Under is 9-2 in DAL last 11 overall.
- DAL are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Over is 24-9-1 in the last 34 meetings in Dallas.
- Underdog is 29-13-1 ATS in the last 43 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
I really find it hard to believe that OKC will be held under 90 points back-to-back games. I believe this is the only way that Dallas will be able to win this game, if the Thunder go loose they are in trouble.
Me saying that, I believe that Westbrook and K.D. are going to have a field day in Dallas on Thursday and get back to themselves. However, I do not believe this will be a blow out like in Game 1.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder ATS
I’m taking the Thunder in game 3 in Dallas on Thursday in a hard fought game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 109 Dallas 97
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