Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-2.5)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the venue where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-21) will take on the Dallas Mavericks (18-16) on Thursday. Dallas opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 233.
The Dallas Mavericks played the Oklahoma City Thunder and took home the win by a score of 87-78 in their last contest. Dallas ended having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (32 of 83) and knocked down 8 out of their 40 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Mavericks buried 15 of their 19 tries for a percentage of 78.9%. Concerning pulling down boards, they collected 53 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 18 assists in the matchup while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and getting 8 steals. With regard to the defense, Dallas let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the field on 29 out of 87 shooting. Oklahoma City distributed 13 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Oklahoma City collected 45 rebounds (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Oklahoma City finished the game shooting 64.7% at the free throw line by making 11 of their 17 shots. They converted 9 of 39 tries from distance.
Kristaps Porzingis is someone who was important in this game. He ended up with 19 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He played for 33:49 mins played and totaled 13 rebounds. Porziņģis shot 46.7% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Mavericks was Josh Richardson. He snagged 6 rebounds in his 35:29 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 35.7% from the field for the matchup by hitting 5-of-14 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Richardson collected 1 assist.
Dallas enters this one with a mark of 18-16 so far this season. The Mavericks are hitting 35.0% on shots from downtown (445 of 1,273) and 78.3% from the charity stripe. They average 111.8 pts per game (18th in the league) while hitting 46.5% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 12.4 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.1 fouls per game. As a unit, Dallas is collecting 42.9 boards per game and has accumulated 769 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 28th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Mavericks have forced 13.5 turnovers every game and they draw 21.3 fouls. They are 3rd in basketball in allowing assists with 788 surrendered this year. The Mavericks defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.3% (459 of 723) and they surrender 45.4 boards per game as a group. They concede 36.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 18th in the league in opponents PPG (112.3).
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder went home victorious with a score of 107-102 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder pulled down 36 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 45 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while getting 9 steals in this game. The Spurs were called for 24 fouls for the matchup which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of them for a percentage of 80.8%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Oklahoma City knocked down 12 of 40 tries (30.0%). When all was said and done, the Thunder shot 37 for 85 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.5%. The Thunder permitted the Spurs to make 40 out of 85 tries from the field which left them shooting 47.1% in the matchup. They shot 32.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 of 31 and finished the game at 12 of 12 from the charity stripe (100.0%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Oklahoma City allowed San Antonio to grab 46 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up having an impact for the Thunder for the game. He made 11 out of 19 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 57.9%, and added 3 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander racked up 33 points in his 36:54 mins on the hardwood and had 8 dimes for the game. Another guy that played a role for Oklahoma City was Luguentz Dort. He accumulated 1 assist in his 36:29 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 5 out of 16 from the floor. Dort wrapped this one up going 31.3% from the floor while collecting 15 points and 3 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 15-21 so far this year. The Thunder have committed 18.2 fouls every game and they hit 73.5% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 23.0 times per contest (24th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per game. Oklahoma City has accounted for 3,812 points so far this year (105.9 per game) and they snag 44.3 boards per game. As an offense, the Thunder are shooting 44.6% from the floor, which ranks 25th in basketball. The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 12th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.4. The Oklahoma City defense allows 34.7% on 3-point shots (459 of 1,323) and their opponents are knocking down 75.9% of their foul shots. They have given up 24.8 assists and 48.6 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 16th and 30th in the league. They have forced 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the field (11th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+2.5) and under 233 points
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