Oklahoma City Thunder (35-16) vs. Dallas Mavericks (28-23)
Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks will square off this Saturday at the American Airlines Center for an eagerly anticipated matchup that should not only prove decisive in terms of season outcomes for both sides but also provide betting enthusiasts with a golden opportunity with the best sportsbook. Both squads have displayed remarkable play so far this year; making this matchup one of the highlights on the NBA calendar.
Oklahoma City Thunder have enjoyed an extraordinary journey this season, boasting an offense averaging 120.8 points per game – the league-leading average. Their efficiency can be measured with their 50.1% field goal percentage and 39.2% three point success rate; also impressive is their 8.2 steals and 6.6 blocks per game, showing they take an equal approach to both offense and defense. Their 14-10 road record against the spread suggests they remain a formidable adversary away from home.
Dallas Mavericks have shown their own distinct set of strengths, particularly with their three-point shooting abilities. Averaging 15.2 three-point field goals per game on 37.3% shooting efficiency has kept opponents guessing while also contributing an overall field goal percentage of 47.5% that rivals Oklahoma City Thunder. Furthermore, Dallas excels at rebounding; overtaking Oklahoma City by just 0.8% per game when it comes to offensive boards per game (9.9); this shows their ability to create second chance opportunities.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game Info
|Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 3:00 PM ET
|American Airlines Center
|NBA League Pass
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) vs. Luka Doncic (PG)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is putting together a remarkable season for the Thunder. In 50 games played, he’s averaging 34.6 minutes a night and pouring in 31.1 points on solid 50.1% shooting. Additionally, he’s contributing 5.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and a whopping 2.2 steals per contest with a sterling 3 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio. His scoring prowess, playmaking and activity on defense make him a triple double threat on any given night. With length to shoot over smaller guards and the quickness to get to the rim at will, Gilgeous-Alexander is an offensive juggernaut.
As for Luka Doncic, his numbers are similarly jaw-dropping. In 43 games and 43 starts, he’s averaging 37.7 minutes, 34.5 points and stuffing the stat sheet with 8.8 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game too. Like Gilgeous-Alexander, he’s taking good care of the basketball, recording 2.4 assists for every turnover. With unlimited shooting range, crafty finishing skills and the court vision of an elite passer, Dončić simply cannot be contained. His size makes him a mismatch nightmare as well. Statistically speaking, he holds the edge over Gilgeous-Alexander which makes this individual matchup even more intriguing.
While the counting stats may favor the Mavericks’ superstar, the advanced metrics indicate that Gilgeous-Alexander is having the more efficient and impactful season between the two. His two-way versatility gives him a strong case as the superior player. Expect fireworks when these two dynamic franchise cornerstones square off on the hardwood.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
With the betting odds yet to be determined, this game presents an intriguing prospect for bettors. Given the offensive firepower and defensive capabilities of both teams, the spread and total will likely reflect the expected closeness of the contest.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Thunder have been a profitable bet recently, covering the spread in just 1 of their last 5 matchups. However, they have been strong against the number away from home with a 14-10 record. Scoring hasn’t been the issue, as OKC has gone over the projected total in 3 of their previous 5 contests.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
Despite winning 3 of their last 5 overall, Dallas has struggled against the spread by covering only 2 of those games. However, bettors have done well backing the Mavericks at home with the over this season, going 13-27. In Dallas’ last 5 outings, only 1 finished over the posted total, but their offensive firepower and poor defense make each game a candidate to fly over the line.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks 2/10/24 Betting Picks
Based on statistical analysis and recent performances, this game promises to be a closely contested battle. Both teams have shown they can perform at an elite level, making it hard to predict. With Oklahoma City holding an edge in scoring while Dallas favoring three-point shooting over offense; it may come down to defensive execution and turnover management in this encounter.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic’s matchup will be crucial. Given Oklahoma City Thunder’s more balanced team performance and recent road success against the spread, they could hold an edge. But don’t underestimate Dallas Mavericks ability to hit from deep and create second chance opportunities in this battleground.
This prediction leans toward the Thunder edging out the Mavericks in an exciting high-scoring affair, likely decided by key moments and individual brilliance, making this game must-see viewing for NBA fans and bettors alike. Our NBA winning pick is for the Thunder to cover the spread while leaning slightly toward going OVER total points due to both teams’ respective offensive strengths.