The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to extend their winning streak against the Dallas Mavericks to seven games on Thursday night as those Western clubs do battle at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Kevin Durant and company have won six games in a row against the Mavericks dating back to February, and they covered the posted spread on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks in each of the last two meetings between the teams.
This season the Thunder are 21-6 overall and 15-10-2 ATS against the number, while the Mavericks are 12-16 and 13-15 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Oklahoma City is 12-14-1 on the OU, and Dallas is 17-11.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Thunder rated this week at No. 4 and the Mavericks sitting at No. 21. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 109-97 result in favor of the Thunder today.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense (104.8 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 28 at 102.5 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 47.9% from the field per game, more than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 27-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.4 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Dallas, they were a 129-91 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Mavericks failed to cover in the match as a 11-point underdog, while 220 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Dallas was run off the court by the Spurs on Sunday as San Antonio blasted them 129-91 at AT&T Center.
The Thunder were a 103-97 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (200) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Thunder got a terrific 33-point performance from Kevin Durant but Miami handed them a 103-97 defeat on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Mavericks at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Dallas's last 19 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
Oklahoma City is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
Dallas home to Denver, Friday, December 28
Oklahoma City at Houston, Saturday, December 29