Basketball betting respect continues to grow for the Dallas Mavericks as they are looking like a bona fide online basketball betting contender for a potentially big post season.
The Dallas Mavericks will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night with a broadcast on TNT starting at 8 PM ET. Have your account open and ready at Sports Gambling for action on the side and total of this important Western Conference showdown.
Oklahoma City had a record of 23-12 straight up and 18-17 with the NBA odds as they were a leading contender for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. OKC closed out well in December with 6 payouts in 10 games.
The Thunder were one of the top offensive teams in the NBA as they ranked 8th in scoring with 103 points per game while the defense left plenty to be desired as it ranked 20th in the NBA. Kevin Durant has picked up where he left off last season with a team best 28 points per game.
For the past few seasons the Dallas Mavericks have been written off as over the hill and soft but they just refuse to go away. Dallas had a record of 24-8 straight up and 18-12-2 with the NBA betting line. Dallas did not hold good value at home, however, with just 7 payouts in 19 games.
Dallas has shown significant improvement on defense as they ranked 6th in the NBA for points allowed, which is unusual for them. Dirk Nowitzki led the offense with 24.1 points per game but had a nagging knee injury that limited his playing time as of late. Jason Kidd remains one of the top assist men in the game as he was averaging 8.8 per outing.
Oklahoma City has paid out in 8 of their last 11 basketball betting matchups with the Mavericks but Dallas got the money in both of the previous meetings between the teams this season.
Dallas scored a 111-103 win at Oklahoma City on November 24 and turned the trick again in OKC on December 27 with a 103-93 win. The Thunder has paid out in 5 consecutive trips to Dallas as the series has gone over the total in 6 of the last 8 games between the teams in Big D.