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Mavericks at Thunder Game 2 - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (42-40) at Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)

NBA Basketball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -13 -- Over/Under: 220 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder play game two of their playoff series Monday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks look for a bounce back performance after getting dominated in their game one loss. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 70 points on 29.8 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18 points and four rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging seven points and one assist. J.J. Barea is dishing three assists and Salah Mejri is grabbing four rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 22.2 percent from beyond the arc and 61.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won four of their last six road games. Jose Barea and David Lee are questionable.

Mavericks at Thunder Game 2 - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 108 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 29.8 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 24 points and five rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 24 points and 11 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing nine rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing three assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 22.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 56 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won seven straight home games.

The Mavericks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 19-8-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings in Oklahoma City. 

The Mavericks are capable of playing better than they did in their game one loss, but that's still not good enough. The Thunder are way too athletic for the older, slower and banged up Mavericks. I expect another ugly game and eventually a sweep. The Mavs are a team full of washed up vets that can't keep up with the quickness of OKC.

Thunder roll once again. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder -13

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