Thunder vs Mavericks Game 1 Prediction NBA Picks 5/7

Thunder vs Mavericks Game 1 Prediction NBA Picks 5/7

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Oklahoma City, OK; May 7, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CST

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
6:30 PM -3.5 (-110) u217.5 (-110) -165
- +3.5 (-110) o217.5 (-110) +140

 

Game Overview

The Oklahoma City Thunder (57-25) welcome the Dallas Mavericks (50-32) to Paycom Center for the opening game of the Western Conference Semifinals. Tip-off is scheduled for May 7, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. CST. The Thunder, well-rested after a straightforward series against the New Orleans Pelicans, look to capitalize on their home advantage against a resilient Mavericks squad coming off a tough battle against the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

Team Statistics

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic has been instrumental for the Mavericks, but they face a daunting task against a defensively solid Thunder team.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Thunder's charge, and their impressive home record makes them formidable opponents.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Luka Doncic's availability remains uncertain for the Mavericks, which could significantly impact their offensive strategies. Meanwhile, the Thunder are relatively healthy and ready to showcase their depth.

 

Recent Performances

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks displayed resilience in their series against the Clippers, but fatigue might play a factor as they face a well-rested Thunder team.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder swept their previous series against the Pelicans, entering this matchup with confidence and momentum.

 

Prediction

With the Thunder's home-court advantage and the Mavericks potentially dealing with fatigue and injury concerns, we predict a victory for Oklahoma City. The Thunder's depth and defensive prowess, coupled with their rest advantage, position them well to cover the -3.5 points spread. Expect them to control the tempo of the game, exploiting any weaknesses in the Mavericks' defense and securing a decisive win in Game 1 of the series.

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -3.5

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