Thunder Against the Spread | No Luka Means OKC is Favored with the Mavs in Town

The Wizards were without Bradley Beal on Friday, and the Thunder absolutely dominated. Now, the Mavericks are without Luka Doncic. OKC has been very up and down lately, but playing in front of a home crowd should help maintain a consistent level of energy. The Thunder has a better backcourt by far considering the absence of Doncic, so OKC could win this one by a large margin, if everything goes as planned.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #40 Preview: Dallas Mavericks

Tonight the Thunder hosts the Dallas Mavericks, who have become one of the NBA’s hottest teams. Winners of 8 of their last 9 outings, the Mavs have been fueled heavily by the impressive play of Doncic. Currently the league’s leading scorer, Luka Doncic is averaging 38.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 9.1 assists through that stretch. Unfortunately for Dallas, Doncic will be sitting out the second game of a back-to-back for the Mavericks, making the Thunder’s matchup seem significantly easier.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Take OKC to Cover in Dallas

OKC covers more often than not, especially when they are underdogs on the road. Meanwhile, Dallas has one of the word records in the league against the spread. The Thunder should be excited to wrap up this road trip and head home after tonight, so I think they might have a little extra urgency to go out and play a close one.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #27 Preview: Dallas Mavericks

After trailing by as many as 17 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder nearly put together a 4th quarter comeback before falling 110-102 on the road. The Thunder wraps up a 5-game road trip on Monday night in Dallas when they take on the Mavericks.

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Thunder Against the Spread | OKC Favored for the First Time This Season

Oklahoma City is playing really well right now during their 3-game win streak, especially when you consider that the 3 wins came against expected playoff teams (Clippers twice, Mavericks once). With that in mind, it just makes sense that they’re favored against the visiting Orlando Magic, who have just one win in 7 tries. Also, the Magic have a laundry list of key injuries, so they’re struggling right now.

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Thunder Against the Spread | A High-Scoring Affair in Dallas Is to Be Expected

If you look up “road underdog” in the dictionary, a picture of the Oklahoma City Thunder will be there. OKC has a tendency to rise to the occasion, and despite playing one of the top offenses in the league tonight, the Thunder should be able to score some points of their own.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Preseason Game #2 Preview: Dallas Mavericks

The Oklahoma City Thunder kicked off their preseason on Sunday with a 112-101 victory in Denver over the Nuggets, and tonight the Thunder will carry on a tradition of playing a preseason game at the BOK Center in Tulsa when they host the Dallas Mavericks. This is the first of just three preseason games for the Mavericks, and unfortunately, they will be without several key guys, including Luka Doncic.

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Thunder Against the Spread | Take the Thunder in Dallas

I’m rarely a fan of a double-digit spread, particularly with this Thunder squad that has consistently competed night in and night out. Yes, they set a record for the worst loss in NBA history, and yes, they’ve been blow out a few times, but they’ve competed well against Dallas, and 12 points seems about twice as much as it should be.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #50 Preview: Dallas Mavericks

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks battled to the final buzzer of their third matchup of the season. In the closest matchup of the three meetings so far, the Thunder couldn’t pull off the win as they dropped a 104-102 decision in Dallas. Tonight, the Thunder and the Mavericks meet for the final time this season, and the two teams have been trending in different directions as of late.

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