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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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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Thunder Against the Spread | Take the Thunder to Cover in Dallas

Oklahoma City isn’t winning a lot of games, but they are covering the spread more often than not by a good margin, whereas Dallas is almost split right down the middle. Double digits seems like a lot of ground to cover, even when the Mavs have two wins against the Thunder in OKC by 19 and 9 points. The Thunder is actually slightly better at covering the spread when it’s in the 10-13 point range, so I anticipate a single-digit differential tonight.

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Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #36 Preview: Dallas Mavericks

Happy New Year, Thunder fans! OKC rang in 2022 with a win on Friday night against the New York Knicks, and now fans get to enjoy 3 of the next 4 games at home before the Thunder head out on the road for 6 of the following 7 on the road. The Thunder is a bit short-handed tonight, but alas, the show must go on as they play host to the Dallas Mavericks.

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