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Thunder are an Awful Bet as Big Faves

Chandler Parsons Russell Westbrook

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs may be grabbing most of the headlines in the Western Conference, but don’t overlook the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder, winners of 16 of their past 20 games, will be looking to keep up their winning ways against the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Mavericks are 5-13 SU in their last 18 games against the Thunder.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Thunder' last seven games after an ATS loss.
  • The Mavericks are 4-1 SU in their last five games with no days off between games.

As good as OKC has been on the floor, they’ve been disastrous at the betting window as of late, covering the spread in just two of their last 10 appearances. The Thunder are 0-6 ATS in their last six games when favored by 9.5 points or more.

Oddsmakers are clearly aware of how a team led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can turn it on at any time and are giving the Thunder their due respect, but managing to cover as healthy chalk has been a tall order for head coach Billy Donovan’s crew. Coincidentally, Oklahoma City opened as 9.5-point favorites for tonight’s contest at most sportsbooks.

Dallas is playing in the second half of a back-to-back after falling 110-107 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime. The Mavs did manage to cover the +6 spread, however, and are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Dallas Mavericks betting line opened this morning as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 214 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 106-104 win for the Thunder on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oklahoma City Thunder bring a 27-12 record (15-24 ATS) to the battle against the 22-17 Dallas Mavericks, who are 23-15-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Oklahoma City Thunder go 16-23 so far and the Dallas Mavericks go 17-22. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oklahoma City vs Dallas injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 5 (Oklahoma City Thunder) and the No. 10 (Mavericks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 3-rated NBA squad against Dallas's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 23 in the league with 7.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 6 with 9.64 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mavericks got 25 points from Chandler Parsons, but it was Cleveland that prevailed in a 110-107 final on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

Minnesota was victimized for 22 points and 11 assists by Russell Westbrook as the Thunder defeated the Timberwolves 101-96 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
  • Dallas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
  • Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma City is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
  • Oklahoma City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Dallas at Chicago, Friday, January 15th
Oklahoma City home to Minnesota, Friday, January 15th

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