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NBA Playoff Betting: Thunder vs. Mavericks

The Oklahoma Thunder are on the brink of elimination tonight down 3-1 in the Western Conference Final heading into Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks pulled off an epic comeback in Game 4 and won 112-105 in overtime as a 4-point underdog. Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points for Dallas in the win and Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

View Oklahoma City vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Thunder before tip-off in this one will find them as 6.5-point underdogs, while the total sits at 198.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-rated Mavericks and the No. 8-rated Thunder in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 105-104 win for the Mavericks on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 100.2 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 18 at 101 PPG. The Mavericks field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 46.4% per game.

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 101.3 points per game. Dallas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

Dallas won its last outing, a 112-105 result against the Thunder on May 23. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 217 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Mavericks got a 40-point performance from Dirk Nowitzki as Dallas handed Oklahoma City a 112-105 defeat on Monday at Ford Center.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a win are 8-2


A few Thunder at Mavericks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Dallas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Dallas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Friday, May 27
Dallas at Oklahoma City, Friday, May 27

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