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Mavericks vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds OKC -2.5, DAL +117 | OKC -141 O/U 226.0

So far, the Mavericks have put together an overall record of 23-17, while going 14-24-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

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In their previous game, the Mavericks took down the Pelicans by a score of 127-117. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 9 point favorites. Dallas was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Pelicans to cut into their 17 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Luka Doncic, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 43.5% of his shots.

The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 17-22. So far, the team has gone 23-16-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Oklahoma City has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.

In their previous game, the Thunder took down the Wizards by a score of 127-110. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 1 point favorites. Oklahoma City played well enough in the second half to prevent the Wizards from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 26 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 52.2% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Mavericks averaged 104.0 points per game vs the Thunder. While the Mavericks were able to maintain their usual level of production against Oklahoma City, the Thunder averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 98.0. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Thunder hold the edge at 5-0. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just -2 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 216 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Mavericks come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 112.5 points per game. The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.7 made 3’s per game. Dallas is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.

So far, the Mavericks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 2nd in the league at 104.72 points per contest.

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Luka Doncic, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Doncic leads the team in scoring at 34.0 points per game while Wood is 2nd at 17.9. For the season, Doncic is 3rd in the NBA in usage rate and 7th in player efficiency. Behind him, Wood has taken 14.6% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 54.3%.

Coming into today’s action, Oklahoma City is averaging 116.4 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. So far, Oklahoma City is averaging 102.6 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the leauge in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 6th in the league in made field goals per game.

On defense, the Thunder will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 15th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 35 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 4th in the NBA at 30.9 points per game. So far, him and Dort have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.099999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.2 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 2.3 assists.

Mavericks vs Thunder Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Thunder -2.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 226.0

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