Mavericks vs. Thunder Prediction
Will the under cash tonight when the Thunder host the Mavericks tonight at 8:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Thunder are 9.5-point home favorites versus the Mavericks after the number hit the board at -7. As for the total, the number hit the board at 200.5 but has been bet down to 197.
The Mavericks beat the Knicks 103-95 on Wednesday and have now won back-to-back games. Dirk Nowitzki will not travel tonight with the team, instead staying in Dallas to rest. Coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't expect Deron Williams (toe) to travel with the team either. Williams did not play in the second half on Wednesday and could miss a few games.
The Thunder are also coming off back-to-back games, topping the Jazz in Utah by two as a five-point underdog and the Pelicans in New Orleans as a 1.5-point road favorite. Russell Westbrook posted his 23rd triple-double of the season during the Thunder's win over the Pelicans, scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block, eight turnovers and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
OUR PREDICTION: The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Oklahoma City and is 5-1 in the Mavericks' last six games overall. The under has also cashed in five of their last six road games and is 19-7 in the Mavs' last 26 games coming off a win. On the other side, the under is 4-1 in the Thunder's last five games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and is 6-2 in their last eight games coming off a victory.
THURSDAY NBA PREDICTION: MAVERICKS/THUNDER UNDER 197