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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks - 12/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (17-18) at Oklahoma City Thunder (22-13)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 -- Over/Under: 225
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The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Monday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks look for another victory after losing seven of their last nine 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 lost each of their last eight road games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder could use a victory after splitting their last six 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 won five of their last six home games.

The Mavericks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thunder are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The Mavericks are 22-10-1 ATS in the last 33 meetings in Oklahoma City and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 home games. The over is 6-1 in Mavericks last 7 overall.

The Dallas Mavericks just beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, and they've won both of the meetings against them this season and four of the last five. The Thunder's only win over the Mavs during that span was a one-point overtime victory. There's something about this matchup that OKC clearly struggles with. The Mavericks aren't the same team on the road, but I'm not sure I feel comfortable laying this much chalk when the recent meetings have a strong trend favoring the Mavs. I'll take my chances with the Dallas Mavericks keeping this game close.

Dallas Mavericks +7.5

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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