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NBA Betting Prediction: Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1 5/7/2024

Dallas Mavericks (50-32) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (57-25)

Anxiously anticipated is the Western Conference Semifinal matchup between Dallas Mavericks (50-32) and Oklahoma City Thunder (57-25) set to tip-off at Paycom Center at 9:30 PM ET Tuesday May 7th 2024 and broadcasted live by TNT – fans as well as bettors alike are anticipating what promises to be an epic encounter and look towards top betting websites for advice when placing bets.

The Mavericks enter this matchup boasting impressive credentials, scoring an average of 107 points per game in their postseason campaign on average. Their effective scoring was achieved through 46.5% from the field with 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc; their free throw percentage stands at 72.6% as every point counts during playoff action; on defense they average 42.3 rebounds per game with 12 offensive boards per game that may help secure additional possessions for them.

The Thunder are slightly ahead of their opponents in offensive efficiency, scoring 105.3 points per game at 48.2% field goal shooting with 38.7% three-point accuracy on attempts. They excel from three-point land as well, hitting 38.7% of threes attempted; an indicator they may play an essential part in this series. Their defense has proven more formidable with 43 rebounds per game average and more steals and blocks per game than Dallas; their ability to transition quickly between defense and offense being key components in their game plan.


Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game Info

When: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 9:30 PM ET
Where: Paycom Center
Stream: NBA League Pass


Luka Doncic (PG) vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG)

Luka Doncic has been outstanding for the Mavericks this season, averaging 29.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game while controlling game tempo and making key plays at critical moments to remain one of Dallas’ premier opponents. Unfortunately for Oklahoma City though, his 3.7 turnovers per game could present them an opportunity.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has led an outstanding effort for Oklahoma City this season, averaging 27.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game on average. His quickness and agility make him an effective guard, while his defensive prowess – an average of 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks each game – add another dimension to his play.

Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander face-off will be pivotal. Both playmakers possessing an ability to alter the course of a game with just their individual playmaking, their head-to-head encounters on court will prove decisive, potentially tilting it in favor of either team based upon performance.


NBA Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -162, Total Odds: 216

Current betting lines favor Oklahoma City with a -3.5 spread and home court advantage, reflecting their stronger regular-season finish and home advantage. The total over/under is set at 216 to ensure an exciting, high scoring matchup between both squads’ offensive capabilities.


Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends

The Mavericks have shown remarkable resilience on the road, going 27-14 against the spread in away games and going over in two out of their last five overall matches – this suggests their resilience under pressure could prove vital in betting strategies for handicap markets.


Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends

The Thunder are currently unbeaten, winning their past five games while going 4-1, both straight up and against the spread. Their home performance reveals slightly less dominance against the spread, so cautious bettors may want to carefully consider this before placing wagers with them.


Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 5/7/24 Betting Picks

On paper and current form alone, the Thunder appear to have the edge when playing at home; however, their ability to cover spread bettors makes the Mavericks an appealing proposition on the road.

Assuming you prefer outright winners, while the Thunder may offer greater safety as an outright winner pick, underdog Mavericks could prove more intriguing for those seeking greater returns. When betting an over/under game between these teams capable of high scoring totals may be best to go with.

As this high-stakes game promises, this one should be close – likely ending with Oklahoma City just edge out Dallas at home. Bettors may favour Oklahoma City for a straight win but keep an eye out for potential Mavericks cover, given their offensive stats. Given such favorable odds for over/under bettors. Keep your eye out for winning NBA playoffs picks and insights during this exciting series unfolds!


Free Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Dallas Mavericks 107.

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