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NBA Odds: Mavs host Thunder

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks will play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA betting action on Monday night.

The Mavs knocked out the Thunder in five games in the Western Conference Finals last season, and they're 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 meetings between the teams.

View Oklahoma City vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Mavericks in this one, they're listed as 1-point underdogs on the betting line for the contest. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 199.5 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Mavericks - Thunder odds would favor the Mavericks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Dallas is rated No. 17 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 18. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 104-91 win for the Thunder.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 94 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 16 at 96.6 PPG. The Mavericks field goal percentage has averaged 40.8% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 48% per game.

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.5 points per game. Dallas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 107-97 winner at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 11–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (204) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Oklahoma City earned a 107-97 victory over Phoenix on Saturday, getting 18 points from Russell Westbrook at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Dallas was a 99-82 loser in its last match on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 2.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 181 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Dallas suffered a 99-82 loss against Minnesota on Sunday, getting 21 points from Dirk Nowitzki in a losing effort at Target Center.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 7-3
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Phoenix are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4

A few Thunder at Mavericks trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing Dallas
Oklahoma City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Dallas is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Dallas is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
Dallas is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Oklahoma City

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Portland, Tuesday, January 3
Dallas home to Phoenix, Wednesday, January 4

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