Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (-10)
The Dallas Mavericks (23-21) head to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Oklahoma City Thunder (19-26). Oklahoma City opens this game as 10-point underdogs. The total has been set at 221.5.
The Dallas Mavericks faced the New Orleans Pelicans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-103 in their last contest. Dallas wrapped up the game with a 44.6% field goal percentage (37 out of 83) and knocked down 10 of their 31 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Mavericks knocked down 19 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 79.2%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 38 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 19 assists in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and having 2 steals. When talking about defending, Dallas allowed the other team to go 51.9% from the floor on 42 out of 81 shooting. New Orleans earned 20 assists and had 2 steals for the contest. Moreover, New Orleans pulled down 42 rebounds (8 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. New Orleans finished the game at 65.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 19 of 29 tries. They also knocked down 9 out of their 26 shots from distance.
Jalen Brunson is one guy who was a factor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 24 points on 10 out of 15 shooting. He played 39:29 mins played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Brunson finished 66.7% from the field and earned 4 assists. Someone else that came through in this game for the Mavericks was Maxi Kleber. He snagged 7 rebounds in his 31:26 min on the court. He finished the game at 30.8% from the floor in the matchup by going 4-of-13 (13 points). Overall, Kleber wasn't able to get an assist.
Dallas will play this contest with a mark of 23-21 for the season. They currently have an average of 111.8 points per game (19th in the league) while hitting 47.0% from the field. The Mavericks are connecting on 35.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (595 of 1,657) and 78.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Dallas is pulling down 43.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 993 assists this season, which is 28th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.2 times per game and as a team are committing 19.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Mavericks are forcing 12.6 turnovers every game and they draw 20.5 personal fouls. The Mavericks defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.0% (553 of 904) and they concede 44.5 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 2nd in the league in giving up assists with 1,007 relinquished for the campaign. They are surrendering 37.1% on shots from distance and they are 13th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a defeat with a final score of 111-94 when they faced the Boston Celtics. The Thunder pulled down 40 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 in this game. They gave up possession 16 times, while earning 7 steals for the game. The Celtics committed 19 personal fouls in this contest which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for 24 attempts. They were able to make 15 of those for a rate of 62.5%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Oklahoma City made 11 out of their 38 attempts (28.9%). Overall, the Thunder finished shooting 34 out of 83 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.0%. The Thunder permitted the Celtics to knock down 44 of their 96 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.8% for the matchup. They finished 31.6% from downtown by going 12 of 38 and ended up shooting 11 of 14 at the free throw line (78.6%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Boston to snag 52 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Theo Maledon pitched in for the Thunder for the matchup. He knocked down 7 of 16 for the matchup for a rate of 43.8%, and added 8 rebounds. Maledon had 22 points in his 37:07 mins of playing time and had 4 assists for this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Oklahoma City was Moses Brown. He finished with no assists in his 32:44 mins on the court, and he put in 8 of 10 from the floor. Brown ended up shooting 80.0% from the floor while notching 21 points and 23 boards.
Oklahoma City has a record of 19-26 on the campaign. Oklahoma City has totaled 4,775 points on the year (106.1 per game) and they grab 44.7 boards per game. The Thunder have committed 17.8 fouls per contest and they go 73.9% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Thunder are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which ranks them 24th in the league. They are assisting teammates 22.8 times per game (25th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.9 times per game. The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in PPG given up with 112.0. The Oklahoma City defense allows 35.0% on 3-pointers (569 of 1,628) and opponents are connecting on 75.9% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 24.4 assists and 47.6 boards per contest, which is 14th and 27th in the NBA. They are forcing 13.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the floor (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas (-10)
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