Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks – March 5, 2017

Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder

In the National Basketball Association, the Western Conference will see a pair of teams square off in Dallas on Sunday. Following Thursday night’s loss, the Thunder are now 35-26 on the season. Oklahoma City still resides in 7th place in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City has struggled on the road this season, winning just 12 out of 30 games.

For Dallas, they are also coming off a loss. The Mavericks are 16-14 at home this season, and 24-36 overall. In the Western Conference standings, the Mavericks are 12th. THis should be an interesting game, with the Dallas Mavericks as slight favorites over the Thunder. Dallas comes into the game -2.5 over the Thunder on Sunday.

Mavericks Winning at Home

The Dallas Mavericks have won 16 out of 30 games at home this season. Dallas has been solid at home, and pretty poor on the road. The Mavericks are led in scoring by Harrison Barnes. It’s the first season for Barnes with the Mavericks, and he is scoring more than 20 per game. The Mavericks as a team are scoring 97.7 per game, which is last in the league.

The Dallas Mavericks are very likely not going to make the postseason. This would be the second straight season the Mavericks did not go to the postseason. Dallas is also going to finish under .500. Last season, Dallas won 42 games. The Mavericks are only ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans in the Southwest Divisional standings.

Thunder Seeking Bounce Back

The Oklahoma City Thunder had won four straight games, before their road loss at Portland. The Thunder are just two games behind the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division, and that’s also the difference between the Thunder at the 7 seed, and the Jazz at the 4th seed. Oklahoma City is going back to the postseason for the second straight season.

Russell Westbrook is scoring more than 31 points per game for the Thunder, and dishing out 10.4 assists, and also rebounding 10+ per game. The Thunder are third in the league in rebounding, as they are ripping down more than 46 per game. Oklahoma City is playing their third straight road game in this one.

Oklahoma City Wins

The Oklahoma City Thunder should win this game. Sure, Dallas has been better at home than they have on the road, but the Thunder should still win. It would be awfully disappointing if Oklahoma City did not take care of business and win this game. Russell Westbrook is going to have a monster day for the Thunder in the win.

The Dallas Mavericks are just not a very good basketball team. Dallas has several young guys, and no real super star. Dirk Nowitzki is a good player, but will be 39 years old. In the end, the Thunder are going to win this game. When you are betting, take the Oklahoma City Thunder -2.5 over the Dallas Mavericks in this Western Conference tilt.