Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder 5/7/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Dallas Mavericks (0-0) at Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 at  9:40 p.m. EST (Spectrum Arena)

Betting Odds: Thunder -3.5 (-110) - Over/Under (218.5)

Pick: Thunder -3.5 (-110)

The Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder will kick off their second round playoff series here on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. These are two of the most stars teams in the Western Conference and this should be one of the best postseason series that we will see this year. This is a series that is very likely to go the distance and come down to a final shot in game seven to determine who advances to the Western Conference finals. The opening game of this series here on Tuesday night should be a close and competitive matchup between two of the top teams in the league.

The Dallas Mavericks pulled out some gritty victories in their series against the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round, led by some fantastic performances from Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić. Now they will replicate those performances as they take a step up in competition and face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the postseason. Dallas is a team that is built to compete for an NBA championship this season and they will look to put that on full display here on Tuesday night when they open up this series on the road in Oklahoma City. 

Dallas will need to get a hot start during this game on Tuesday night if they want to pick up a victory as they will be in a hostile environment against Oklahoma City and they will need everybody on their roster to step up in this one. This is a Dallas Mavericks team that has been a little underwhelming at times throughout the regular season, but they were able to turn up the intensity in the postseason and pull out some much-needed victories on the road against Los Angeles to advance to this point. Now they will need to replicate those performances here in Oklahoma City over the first two games if they want to head home with an advantage.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder made quick work of their first round opponent, and now they will look to kick off this series with the Dallas Mavericks with a fifth consecutive victory. Oklahoma City has looked like one of the best teams in the playoffs to date and they will keep that momentum rolling with another convincing victory here at home on Tuesday night. As they look to take one step closer to competing for an NBA championship this season. Oklahoma City made quick work of the New Orleans Pelicans in the opening round of the playoffs and now they will look to make quick work of the Dallas Mavericks, although the level up in competition will be much tougher this time around.

Oklahoma City flashed one of the best defenses in the NBA holding New Orleans to under 100 points in each of their four meetings in the postseason. That is something they will do Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving here on Tuesday night as they limit offensive creativity and suffocate them on the defensive end of the court. If they can be successful at doing that Oklahoma City should a comfortable victory in the game of this series. These two teams met four times in the regular season in Oklahoma City picked up three victories in that span and that is something they will look to continue to do here in this one as well. The biggest victory of the series actually came in Oklahoma City when they blew the Dallas Mavericks out of the water in the regular season finale between the two teams.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Oklahoma City is 35-8 at home 

- Oklahoma City is 32-5 as a home favorite 

- Dallas is 6-13 as a road underdog 

I certainly expect this game to go down to the wire here on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, as I look for the result to be decided in the final two minutes of the contest. In the end, I look for the Oklahoma City Thunder to remain undefeated throughout the postseason and undefeated at home in the playoffs as well with a comfortable victory against the Dallas Mavericks. I look for Shai Gilgeous Alexander and Luka Doncic to trade buckets back-and-forth here on Tuesday night, but I do look for Oklahoma City to grab the close victory and cover the spread in the process to open up this second round playoff series.

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