Mavericks at Thunder Game 1- 4/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (42-40) at Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Saturday night in game one of the playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Dallas Mavericks have missed the playoffs just once since the 2000 season. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 102.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Wesley Matthews is averaging 12.5 points and 1.9 assists. J.J. Barea is dishing 4.1 assists and David Lee is grabbing seven rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won four of their last five road games. Devin Harris, David Lee and Jose Barea are questionable.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have now made the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 110.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 28.2 points and 8.2 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.5 points and 10.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing two assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won six straight home games.
The Mavericks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Thunder are 22-8-2 ATS in their last 32 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings in Oklahoma City.
This is a bad matchup for the Mavericks, as their banged up, old and slow team doesn't have the horses to hang with the younger and explosive Thunder. This has sweep written all over it. But before we get that far, give me OKC by double digits in game one.