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Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/30/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma City Thunder (22-12) at Dallas Mavericks (16-18)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 218.5
TV Channel
FSOK, FSSW
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks meet Sunday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 112.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 26.3 points and 8.4 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 21 points and 10.2 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight road games.

The Dallas Mavericks need a victory here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 111 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 19.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Smith Jr. is dishing four assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

The Thunder are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 Sunday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Mavericks are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games, 27-13 ATS in their last 40 Sunday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thunder are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 18-8 in Thunder last 26 road games. The over is 6-1 in Mavericks last 7 overall.

The Dallas Mavericks have a lot of recent success against the Oklahoma City Thunder and have played their best basketball by far at home this season where they're outscoring teams by 7.9 points. The problem is OKC has found its offense as of late where its shooting 48.5 percent from the field in its last five games and this team is tough to beat when shots are actually falling. The Mavs aren't playing much defense during this losing stretch and you have to ask yourself if maybe this young squad is starting to get a dose of reality. I'll lay the bucket with the Thunder on the road.

Pick:
Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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