Mavericks vs. Thunder Prediction

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – 4/16/16 NBA Predictions

Will the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder have a slugfest when they meet in Game 1 of the series tonight at 9:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Thunder are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -11.5 points against the Mavericks. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 206 points.

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Oklahoma City is 55-27 on the season, 23-18 on the road and 37-44-1 against the spread. Dallas is 42-40 on the season, 19-22 on the road and 45-36-1 against the spread. These two have met four times during the season with the Thunder winning all four games. However, the two split the spread. They also hit the over in three of the four meetings.

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Dallas will try and control the tempo and slow this game down. There's no way they can run with the athletic Thunder, especially Russell Westbrook. When Dallas wins, they win games by holding teams under 100 points. The Thunder, if they win this series, will likely play the Spurs next. They'll have to be more of a half-court team to beat them so why not practice on the Mavericks?

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