There’s no shortage of NBA clubs up 2-0 in their respective first-round series, however the Oklahoma City Thunder are surprisingly not in that group. That’s because, after hammering Dallas 108-70 in Game 1, the Thunder fared terribly in a 85-84 loss in Game 2. Game 3 takes place tonight in the Lone Star State.
- The Thunder are 3-1 ATS in their last four games as a favorite of 9.0 or more.
- The total has gone UNDER in the Mavericks' last seven games with a closing total of 196.5 or more.
- The Thunder are 5-2 SU in their last seven games with two days off between games.
Despite the win, Dallas’s scoring woes could get much worse if sharpshooter Dirk Nowitzki is not at his best. Nowtizki is expected to play through a knee injury, as the German’s knee swelled up considerably in Game 2. Nowitzki is technically listed as day-to-day. The Mavs have no shortage of injuries, with David Lee, Deron Williams, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris are also banged up.
Entering the last matchup, Dallas had allowed an average of 111.6 points while dropping their first five meetings with the Thunder this year.
Extra rest has not led to covers for Mavericks bettors, as the squad is just 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven with two days off between games. The UNDER has been a hot bet, however, evidenced by the Mavs going below the closing total in nine of their previous 11 affairs.