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Thunder vs. Mavericks - 2/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (36-19) at Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks hope to keep things rolling with wins in six of their last eight games. On the season, the Mavs are averaging 106.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting and are allowing 101 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 19.8 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points and six rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 45.4 percent from the field and Rajon Rondo is dishing 6.5 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are quickly climbing up the West standings, and are doing so with a defense that’s allowing just 42.7 percent shooting in their last five games. The Mavs have won 14 of their last 15 games SU when allowing less than 100 points. Tyson Chandler is questionable with an ankle injury.

Thunder vs. Mavericks - 2/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six games and continue to make a playoff push. On the season, OKC is averaging 100.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 98.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25.9 points and 6.6 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.8 points and 7.6 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Reggie Jackson is dishing 4.2 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are back to shooting lights out, as they’re shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from deep in their last five games. The Thunder’s offense has been hit or miss lately, but they have won 10 of their last 12 games SU when topping 100 points.

The Mavericks are 67-32 ATS in their last 99 road games and 5-17-2 ATS in their last 24 vs. Western Conference. The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 17-5-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Oklahoma City and the road team is 33-16-2 ATS in the last 51 meetings.

The Mavs have really stunk it up against the better teams in the West all season long. I like the Thunder to get the job done here and really begin their second half playoff push. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder -5

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