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NBA Playoff Betting: Thunder vs. Mavs

After a epic performance in the series opener what does Dirk Nowitzki have in store tonight when he leads the Dallas Mavericks up against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Dallas won the opener 121-112 as a 6-point favorite. Nowtizki scored 48 points for Dallas, while Kevin Durant had 40 points for the Thunder.

View Oklahoma City vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Dallas opened as 5.5-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 198 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting. They covered 6 points in Game 1 as Dirk Nowitzki dominated.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 8-rated Thunder taking on the No. 6-rated Mavericks in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 105-104 win for the Mavericks on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 100.2 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 18 at 101 PPG. The Mavericks field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 46.4% per game.

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.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 121-112 loser as they battled the Mavericks on the road. The Thunder failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog, while 233 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Thunder got a terrific 40-point performance from Kevin Durant but Dallas handed them a 121-112 defeat on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 9-1
After a loss are 9-1

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a win are 9-1

A few Thunder at Mavericks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing Dallas
Oklahoma City is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Oklahoma City is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Saturday, May 21
Dallas at Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 21