Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA Betting Odds and Picks
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Sunday, 3/16/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Oklahoma City -8
Current Betting Line: Oklahoma City -8
Opening Total: 215
Current Total: 215
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Dallas has won three of its last four games, including a 108-101 victory over the Utah Jazz as 4.5-point road favorites last Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 201. The Mavericks have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward Dirk Nowitzki leading the way at 21.5 points per contest, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA betting picks. He scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds last time out. Dallas is 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points this season, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.
The Mavericks are 18-17 SU on the road this season, including an 8-12 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds. Dallas has dropped nine of its last 10 regular-season meetings with Oklahoma City, with its last victory in that situation coming on Jan. 2, 2012. The franchise is 24-4 SU when holding foes under the century mark, but that’ll be a difficult task in taking on one of the best offensive teams in the league Sunday night.
Oklahoma City has won and covered the number in back-to-back games, including a 131-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers as 16.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total of 226.5. The Thunder are a dominating 28-6 SU at Chesapeake Arena, including an 18-2 mark versus conference rivals. Oklahoma City is 9-0 SU and 6-3 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points, with the OVER going 6-3 in that situation.
The Thunder have put together their best 65-game record in the Oklahoma City era, with forward Kevin Durant playing a major part in the results. He’s currently averaging over 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Oklahoma City will likely receive a major offensive performance from Durant in this affair, as he’s averaged 33.0 points in the last five meetings in this series.
Sports bettors will likely back the Thunder due to their 10-1-1 ATS mark in their last 12 games versus Southwest division opponents.
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