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NBA Game Preview - Mavericks underdogs vs Thunder at Oklahoma City

Dallas MavericksOklahoma City Thunder
39-27March 16, 2014, 07:00 | Chesapeake Energy Arena48-17



The Thunder will hit the floor running against the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Thunder sit at 48-17 (36-28-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Mavericks are currently 39-27 (36-29-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oklahoma City is 34-31 OU, and Dallas is 36-30 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Mavericks listed as 7.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 216.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 6-rated Mavericks taking on the No. 4-rated Thunder in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 102-97 win for the Thunder on Sunday.

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Dallas won its last outing, a 108-101 result against the Jazz on March 12. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 209 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Mavericks got a 31-point performance from Dirk Nowitzki as Dallas handed Utah a 108-101 defeat on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 131-102 winner at home against the Lakers. They covered the 16.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (233) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Los Angeles was run off the court by the Thunder on Thursday as Oklahoma City blasted the Lakers 131-102 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mavericks rank No. 27 in the league with 40.21 per game. That compares with Oklahoma City’s No. 2 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Oklahoma City is the NBA’s No. 16-ranked team at 7.78 per game, while the Mavericks rate No. 8 with 8.44 per contest.

A few Mavericks at Thunder trends to consider:
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Dallas is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games
Dallas is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 9 games
Oklahoma City is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home


Next up:
Dallas home to Boston, Monday, March 17th
Oklahoma City at Chicago, Monday, March 17th

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