Pointspread: Dallas -1.5
Total Line: 197
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks clash this Wednesday night at the America Airlines Center in a showdown between two of the top teams in the Western Conference. The tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Oklahoma City’s recent four-game winning streak came to a halt this past Monday night in a 112-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers as a two-point road favorite. The loss dropped the Thunder to 16-4 straight-up on the year and 14-9 against the spread, but they still lead Denver in the Northwest Division by two games. They are 8-3 SU (6-5 ATS) on the road this season and the total has gone 5-6 in the 11 games.
The big two in Oklahoma City of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to lead the way with a combined 48.1 points a game, but James Harden has also been a force with 16.4 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. The Thunder are ranked third in the NBA in scoring with an average of 100.4 points a game.
Dallas has posted seven victories in its last 10 games and brings a three-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game. It leads the Southwest Division with an overall record of 14-8 SU and is also 14-8 ATS. The Mavericks are 9-3 SU and 8-4 ATS at home this season and the total has gone 5-7 in the 12 games.
The Mavs have four players scoring in double figures led by Dirk Nowitzki’s 16.7 points a game. They are averaging 94.7 points a game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. Dallas’s primary strength remains on the defensive side of the ball where it is ranked fifth in the NBA in points allowed; giving-up an average of 90.6 points a game.
The Thunder are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of their last six conference games.
The Mavericks are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and the total has gone ‘over’ in their last four games in the conference.
Head-to-head, Oklahoma City is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 trips to Dallas and the total has gone ‘over’ in six of the last eight meeting there. These two have split both games this season with the home team winning SU, but the Mavs are 2-0 ATS. Stick with the Thunder this time around as they get the straight-up win on the road.
The Free Pick: Oklahoma City 93 Dallas 91
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