Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (42-41) at Oklahoma City Thunder (56-27)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -13.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder meet for Game 2 tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Mavericks were always major underdogs in this series but I didn't think it would be as one-sided as it was in Game 1 on Saturday. Dirk Nowitzki had a nice game of 18 points on seven of 15 shooting, but no other Mavs player finished in double figures as this game was over before halftime with the Thunder already leading by 15 points after the first quarter. Wesley Matthews and Raymond Felton scored just seven points each while Deron Williams and JJ Barea chipped in with just two points eacn so you have to think that the only was is up for the Mavs from here on out.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder were looking to make a statement in these playoffs and they certainly started with a bang in Game 1. Russell Westbrook led from the front with a game-high 24 points, five rebounds and 11 assists, Kevin Durant added 23 points while Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter chipped in with 17 and 16 points respectively as the Thunder simply dominated this game from start to finish. The Thunder will be buoyed by the margin of victory in Game 1, but I think they'll be even happier about their production from their role players because that's what could be the difference in the next round.
In ATS trends, the Mavs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, while the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Mavs are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Oklahoma City and the road team is 35-17-2 ATS in the last 54 meetings overall.
A veteran team like the Mavs could certainly bounce back and level the series, but I just don't see that happening after what I saw from them in Game 1. The Thunder were simply too quick and athletic for the Mavs who simply couldn't keep up with the pace. I do have the Mavs possibly winning a game in this series but it won't be this one. Take OKC to roll the Mavs in a double digit win once again.