Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks - 2/24/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (40-16) at Dallas Mavericks (30-27)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at the American Airlines Center.
The Thunder have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last month or so with 14 wins in their last 18 games and they'll be looking for another win after getting routed by the Cavaliers in a 115-92 home loss on Sunday. Kevin Durant had a nice game of 26 points while Russell Westbrook added 20 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists but the Thunder missed on a lot of open shots they would usually make, shooting just 41 percent from the field as a team and just five of 22 from the 3-point line which had them running uphill for most of the match as the Cavs were simply more clinical on offense. With the loss, Oklahoma City falls to 40-16 on the season which has them in third place, just three games clear of the Clippers in fourth place.
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Meanwhile, the Mavericks currently occupy the sixth spot with a record of 30-27 overall and they'll look to improve on that after making light work of the Sixers in a 129-103 win on Sunday. Wesley Matthews led the team in scoring with 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points while Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams had 15 points each as the Mavs cruised past the 76ers for just their second win in seven games. Dallas now plays their next five games at home where they'll be looking to improve on their current 16-11 home record.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games, while the Mavs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Thunder are 13-6-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Dallas and the road team is 34-16-2 ATS in the last 52 meetings overall.
These two teams always tend to fight right to the final buzzer every time they meet but there's just no way I can back the Mavs this time as they've been in a slump lately. Instead, I'll take the Thunder who will come out firing after getting blown out at home in their last outing.