Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (12-25) at Oklahoma City Thunder (20-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday night.
The Dallas Mavericks have won four of their last six games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after taking down the Pelicans by 128-120 on Friday. Dennis Smith Jr. led the team with a triple-double of 21 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Wesley Matthews added 18 points while Devin Harris chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Mavericks shot 55 percent from the field, 22 of 39 from the three-point line and they had seven players finish in double figures as they dominated the first half by 77-60 before cruising in the second half. With the impressive win, Dallas snapped a seven-game road skid to improve to 12-25 overall and 4-14 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won eight of their past 10 games but they will still be stinging from their painful 97-95 loss to the Bucks. Russell Westbrook dominated the game with 40 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists while Carmelo Anthony chipped in with just 12 points but the Thunder really could’ve done with another scorer as Paul George sat out with that knee soreness. As a team, the Thunder shot 45 percent from the field and just seven of 25 from the three-point line, but they showed great heart to rally back from a 22-point deficit only to lose in the final seconds of the game as the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket for the very controversial game-winning dunk. With the heartbreaking loss, Oklahoma dropped to 20-16 overall and 14-5 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games overall. Meanwhile, the Thunder are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and the Mavericks are 21-10-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have been in great form as they've won eight of their past 10 games but they will once again be without George who continues to deal with soreness in his knee. The Mavericks have been playing some good basketball themselves and are coming off one of their best offensive performances of the season, so while I like the Thunder to jump out to a big early lead, I like the Mavericks keep it competitive till the end.