Big NBA Games This Week
The Mavericks pulled the trigger on a big trade improving their team, but tonight they are still the underdog against a Thunder team that won six straight games before the All Star break.
Dallas Mavericks (32-20) at Oklahoma City Thunder (30-21)
has the Thunder as 3.5 point favorites in this game with a total of 195.
The Thunder are at home tonight and they will be facing a Mavericks team with the new players of Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson. Butler was the main guy Dallas wanted and even though he is averaging 16.9 ppg this season Dallas may need his defense more. Butler is averaging 6.9 rpg and he is a good perimeter defender and Dallas has given up an average of 112.4 ppg in their last eight games.
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Currently Dallas holds the fourth position in the Western Conference and Oklahoma City is in the sixth position.
This season Oklahoma City is 15-10 at home and 32-19 ATS and Dallas is 17-11 on the road and 21-31 ATS.
Both teams had their last games before the break on February 9th, but with different results, as Oklahoma City beat the Portland Trailblazers 89-77 while Dallas lost to the Denver Nuggets 127-91.
Kevin Durant (29.7 ppg) has been a scoring machine this season ranking second in the league in scoring and he has scored at least 25 points in 25 straight games.
Butler was not the only solid player the Mavs got, as Brandon Haywood (9.8 ppg 10.3 rpg) gives Dallas a great big man duo along with Erick Dampier (7.2 ppg 8.3 rpg). These guys may have a big game tonight since the Thunder do not have much of an inside presence.
Since the Thunder are thin inside they will need Durant to score and Russell Westbrook (16 ppg) and Jeff Green (14.5 ppg) have to hit their open J’s.
Dirk Nowitzki (24.6 ppg) and Jason Kidd (9.3 ppg) have to learn how to integrate Butler and Haywood into the lineup.
The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and Dallas is 2-5 in their last 7 games on the road.
In the last 7 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 5 times.
Wednesday NBA Point Spreads
Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks
As of Tuesday the Mavs are in the fourth position in the West and the Suns are in the seventh position, but they are only 1.5 games back of Dallas. The Mavs pulled the trigger on a big trade and will the Suns be next, as they are shopping Amare Stoudemire.
Utah Jazz at New Orleans Hornets
With Chris Paul out the hornets have slipped out of the playoff picture, as they currently are in the 10th position in the West, The Jazz came into the All Star break on fire winning nine of their last 10 games and moved up the third position in the West.
Thursday Big Games
Denver Nuggets at Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland has the best record in the league and has the best home record and will they be even better if they can make the move to get Amare Stoudemire from Phoenix? The Nuggets are in the second position in the West, but, as of Tuesday, they are one game under .500 on the road this season.
Boston Celtics at L.A. Lakers
Boston did play well in the month before the All Star break and they hope that they can turn it around in the second half and get back to being an elite team. The Lakers have the best record in the West and should have Kobe Bryant, and maybe even Andrew Bynum, back for this big rivalry game.