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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks - 10/10/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Basketball: Friday, October 10, 2014 at 08:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks play Friday night preseason action at the American Airlines Center.

This will be the second preseason game for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost to the Denver Nuggets, 114-101. The Thunder wanted no part of playing defense as they allowed the Nuggets to shoot 56.9 percent from the field and score 60 second-half points. Steven Adams led the Thunder with 15 points and rookie Mitch McGary looked healthy with 14 points on 50 percent shooting. Kevin Durant played only 12 minutes and took eight shots, and you can expect him to play very little in this game as well. Jeremy Lamb was just 1-14 from the field in 37 minutes, which isn’t good considering he has the potential to see significant playing time as a bench player if he can be a little more consistent. Expect the OKC Thunder to be more engaged defensively in this game after being embarrassed in the first game.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks - 10/10/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks lost their first preseason game to the Houston Rockets, 111-108. In the loss, the Mavericks shot 40.6 percent from the field and probably could have won if it wasn’t for their 23 turnovers. Monta Ellis had six of those turnovers, which isn’t a great sign considering the Mavericks addressed the point guard position during the offseason in hopes of cleaning up that area of his game. Newly acquired Chandler Parsons played in 24 minutes and led the Mavs with 14 points on seven shot attempts. Dirk Nowitzki didn’t play in the first game and is doubtful for this matchup as well with a hip injury. While defense is what the Thunder will look to improve in this matchup, the Mavericks have to show they’re capable of playing a clean game before the season starts. The Mavs first game was too sloppy.

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