Date/Time: 12-31-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5
In this all-Western showdown between two teams that faced off last night, the Dallas Mavericks, after winning a close game at home by two points, are now visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won only once in their last four games and are looking to bounce back tonight.
Mavericks are 17-18 so far in the league and are tied with Utah in the eleventh place of the Western Conference. In their latest matchup they were victorious against Oklahoma City at home, 105-103. Thunder are 22-13 so far in the league and are sitting on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. They are 1-3 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Dallas on the road, 103-105.
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This will be the third meeting between those two teams this season with Dallas leading 2-0 wins. They won two games at home with 105-103 and 111-96 score. Oklahoma are 12-4 at home so far, while Dallas are 2-15 on the road. Oklahoma have both a better offense with 111.8 ppg to Dallas’ 110.9 ppg and a better defense, allowing 105.7 ppg to Dallas’ 110.1. Both squads have almost the same accuracy from the field, shooting with 45.8% and 45.6%, while Dallas have a better accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 35% to Oklahoma’s 32.4%. Oklahoma commit fewer turnovers (14.7 to 15.3) and grab more rebounds per game (48.5 to 45.4), while Dallas dish more assists (22.8 to 22.4). Dallas have been very weak on the road and they don’t pose a threat in Oklahoma City, so pick the Thunder in this one.
Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -7.5 (-110)