Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder 3/14/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Dallas Mavericks (38-28) at Oklahoma City Thunder (45-20)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14th, 2024 at  10 p.m. EST (Paycom Center)

Betting Odds: Thunder -9.5 (-120) - Over/Under (237.5)

Pick: Thunder -9.5 (-120)

Thursday night takes us to the Southwest where the Dallas Mavericks will travel to Oklahoma City in what could be one of the best games of the NBA season thus far. As the Dallas Mavericks will face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder here in this one in a battle of two of the top teams, and players in the Western Conference. This should be a solid game here on Thursday night at the Paycom Center as both of these teams look to further establish themselves as a legitimate NBA title contender this season. As two teams currently sitting in the playoff range of the standings will take the floor here on Thursday for the third time against each other this season.

You can argue that the Dallas Mavericks have been a little bit underwhelming this season given the amount of talent on their roster. As they are only 10 games above .500 through their first 66 games of the NBA season and they have 38 victories to show from it. Even with players like Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving Dallas has been a little bit underwhelming this season however, they have been consistent enough at times to still make you think they are a contender to win the NBA championship. They will have a tough task ahead of them here on Thursday night as they will likely be without Luka Dončić in this game against Oklahoma City. 

They will need to overcome his absence to pick up what would be a much needed momentum boost for them here in this one on the road. This is a Dallas team that has been somewhat successful on the road winning eighteen out of 31 games away from home and they will look for their 19th victory on the road this season with a quality performance here in this one in Oklahoma City. Dallas has plenty of momentum coming into this game as they have won four consecutive games, and they will look for their fifth consecutive win here against the Thunder. Dallas has already picked up one victory over Oklahoma City this season and now they will look to secure at least a split of the season series with another one here in this game. 

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Oklahoma City has been incredible this season and they have been one of the best teams in the NBA, as they currently sit in second place of the Western Conference coming into this game on Thursday night. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been one of the best players in the league this season, and he finds himself among the league leaders in points per game, which has led to plenty of success for his team in the process. Oklahoma City to their second victory of the season over the Dallas Mavericks, who may be without Luka Doncic in this huge clash on Thursday night in Oklahoma City. 

The Thunder come into this game with 45 victories through their first 65 games of the regular season. If they can maintain this momentum into the postseason, they have a legitimate shot of reaching the Western Conference finals and potentially the NBA finals as well. They will look to keep the momentum rolling in this game on Thursday as they look for a huge victory over Dallas to pick up their 46th win of the year. This will be the first meeting of the two teams in Oklahoma City after the previous two games took place in Dallas. Oklahoma City is coming off a tough loss in their previous game that snapped a three game-winning streak and they will look to get back on track with a quality performance here in this one.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- OKC is 26-7 at home 

- OKC is 36-13 as a favorite 

- OKC is 24-4 as a home favorite 

I look for this to be a back-and-forth game throughout the majority of the contest, but in the end, I do look for Oklahoma City to pick up the victory at home here on Thursday night. As I look for SGA and the Thunder to pull away late in this one and pick up a huge momentum swinging victory against Dallas in their third meeting of the regular season.

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