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NBA Playoff Odds: Western Conference Finals

The Dallas Mavericks were 2-1 SU and ATS against the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Can they carry that success into Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tonight?

The last time the Mavericks and Thunder met up on January 6 Oklahoma City recorded a 99-95 win as a 3-point road favorite. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points, while Shawn Marion netted 25 points for Dallas who was missing Dirk Nowitzki.

View Oklahoma City vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Mavericks as 5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 192.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Mavericks) and the No. 8 (Thunder) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 105-104 result in favor of the Mavericks is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Dallas's No. 14-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Dallas rates No. 8 in the league with 7.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 18 with 5.9 per outing.

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.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 105-90 winner at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 7–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (195) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Thunder got a 39-point performance from Kevin Durant as Oklahoma City handed Memphis a 105-90 defeat on Sunday at Ford Center.

Dallas won its last outing, a 122-86 result against the Lakers on May 8. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog, while the 208 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Thunder at Mavericks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Oklahoma City is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Oklahoma City is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Dallas is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

Next up:
Oklahoma City at Dallas, Thursday, May 19
Dallas home to Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 19