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Mavericks open as NBA underdog vs Thunder

Dallas MavericksOklahoma City Thunder
Dec 29, 8:00 PM | Chesapeake Energy Arena

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds


The Thunder will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in NBA wagering action.

Oklahoma City battles the Mavericks, currently with a 0-2 mark (0-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 1-2 for the Thunder and 2-0 for the Mavericks.

View Dallas vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 196.5 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Thunder rated this week at No. 8 and the Mavericks sitting at No. 6. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 104-83 result in favor of the Thunder today.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 99.7 PPG, against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 30 at 110 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 43.2% so far, more than the Mavericks shooters have achieved on the year, 39.9% per game.

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.

Dallas lost its last outing, a 115-93 result against the Nuggets on December 26. The Mavericks failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 208 combined points took the game OVER the total. Dallas was run off the court by the Nuggets on Monday as Denver blasted them 115-93 at American Airlines Center.

Oklahoma City was a 98-95 winner in its last match on the road against the Grizzlies. They covered the 1–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 193 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Thunder got a 32-point performance from Kevin Durant as Oklahoma City handed Memphis a 98-95 defeat on Wednesday at FedExForum.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 8-2
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

A few Mavericks at Thunder trends to consider:
Dallas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Dallas's last 10 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oklahoma City's last 10 games when playing at home against Dallas
Oklahoma City is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas home to Toronto, Friday, December 30
Oklahoma City home to Phoenix, Saturday, December 31