Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks - 3/16/14
Dallas Mavericks (39-27) at Oklahoma City Thunder (48-17)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks travel to hostile territory tonight to duke it out with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dirk Nowitzki surpassed John Havlicek for 12th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 31 points on 12 of 14 shooting as the Mavericks took down the Jazz by 108-101 on Wednesday. Monta Ellis flirted with a triple-double, scoring 16 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists while the team shot 13 of 21 from the three-point line for their best 3PT percentage of the season, but in a back and forth game that featured 17 ties and 18 lead changes, the game wasn't decided until the Mavs used an 11-3 run late in the fourth to seal the win. With the win, Dallas improves to 39-27 overall which leaves them just above Memphis who sit in eighth place with the same record.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have split their last 10 games to fall one game under the Conference-leading Spurs, but they seem to be back on the rise after trouncing the Lakers by 131-102 on Thursday. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook poured in 29 points each while Serge Ibaka had 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks as the Thunder rocked the Lakers and atoned for the 114-110 upset loss against LA on Sunday, easily covering the hefty 16-point spread. With the win, OKC improved to 48-17 overall and 28-6 at home where they've won their last five by an average of 18.6 points.
In ATS trends, the Mavs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 42-18 ATS in their last 60 road games, while the Thunder are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Mavs are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 16-5-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Initially, my thought was that the bookies were laying two or three points too many for a solid road team like the Mavs, but the Thunder have been so dominant at home all season and have been blowing opponents away in their last five.