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Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

March 14, 2024

The Dallas Mavericks will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night inside Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They jump it up at 10:00 p.m. This could be a very high-scoring game between two teams that love to get up and down the floor and score in bunches. Bookmaker has installed the Thunder as a solid 6.5-point favorite in what should be an entertaining clash. 

Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview

The Mavericks have been a hit-or-miss team this season, but they have managed to put together a decent record. They have some great scores on their roster and a ton of athletic ones as well. They are a team that is content with pushing the pace and the ball up the floor, and they love to score points. 

Dallas is led by Luka Doncic, who just saw his amazing seven-game run of posting a triple-double end against the Chicago Bulls. Overall, the team has won four straight, including Tuesday night's contest.

Doncic is averaging an amazing 34 points per game, and he is trying to carry the Mavericks deep into the playoffs once they get in. But this season, he is getting some great help and some inspiring play from veteran point guard Kyrie Irving, who has also turned back the clock and is having a brilliant season.

The well-traveled and often misunderstood Irving is averaging 25 points per game, five rebounds, and five assists and is playing at a high level. His court vision and awareness are helping this team out tremendously. If the Mavericks will shock people, they will need both players to carry the offense in the future. 

Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview

The Thunder (45-20) have put together a fun and fantastic season for their fans, and they are such an entertaining team to watch. Like the Mavericks, the Thunder love getting up and down the floor and scoring points. We know the league only plays a little defense, and these two teams take advantage of that.

They have won three out of four overall. 

Oklahoma City has a potential league MVP candidate in point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He has really come into his own and has shown he is a superstar in this league, and he is only 25 years old. He is averaging 31 points per contest and is a monster on the boards, too. 

The Thunder love to work the ball into his hands, but where he really excels is in transition, and that is one of their strengths this season. 

They are averaging 120.7 points per game and would love to get this game into the 120-125 point range. 

Game Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick 

The Thunder are 3-2 in their last five games and 1-4 in their previous five games against the spread too. They are a solid 17-14 in their road games against the spread, too. The totals have gone over in just one out of their last five games. The Mavericks are 3-2 in their previous five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number. They are 20-11 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in two out of their last five games. 

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder - 6.5