Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 1/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Paycom Center is the location where the Oklahoma City Thunder will compete against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
The Mavericks stepped onto the hardwood against the Celtics and went home with a loss by a final score of 124-95 in their last game. Dallas wrapped up the game with a 37.8% field goal percentage (34 of 90) and buried 7 out of their 32 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Mavericks knocked down 20 of their 25 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 42 with 11 of them being offensive. They also dished out 15 assists for this contest as well as forcing 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Regarding defending, Dallas allowed the other team to go 48.8% from the floor on 41 of 84 shooting. Boston dished out 29 dimes and had 6 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Boston grabbed 52 rebounds (10 offensive, 42 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Boston ended up going 83.9% from the charity stripe by making 26 of 31 shots. They also buried 16 of 43 shots from beyond the arc. Concerning fouls, the Mavericks ended up finishing with 19 and the Celtics totaled 22 fouls.
Luka Doncic is someone who was a factor for the contest. He had 23 points on 7 out of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 31 mins played and pulled down 9 boards. Doncic finished the game shooting 30.4% from the field and recorded 3 assists.
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Dallas comes into this game with a record of 22-17 on the season. They have an average of 112.1 points per contest (20th in basketball) while shooting 46.8% from the field. The Mavericks are shooting 35.6% on 3-pointers (574 of 1,611) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Dallas is grabbing 39.0 boards per game and has accumulated 852 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 12.3 times per game and as a team are committing 21.0 personal fouls per contest.
When they are on the defensive end, the Mavericks are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 22.7 personal fouls. They rank 7th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 932 conceded this season. The Mavericks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 48.0% (1,574 of 3,281) and they surrender 43.8 rebounds per contest as a group. They give up 35.6% on shots from distance and they rank 5th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (110.6).
In their last game, the Thunder got the victory with a final of 127-110 against the Wizards. Concerning cleaning the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Washington to collect 46 in all (11 on the offensive side). They wrapped up this game 29.2% from three-point range via 7 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 27 out of 36 from the charity stripe (75.0%). The Thunder allowed the Wizards to make 38 out of 79 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 48.1% for this game. When all was said and done, the Thunder shot 50 for 98 from the field which had them sitting at 51.0%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City buried 17 out of 37 tries (45.9%). They were able to convert 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 71.4%. The Wizards committed 18 fouls in this game which took the Thunder to the free throw line for 14 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 9 steals for this game. The Thunder pulled down 30 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 41 for this game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pitched in for the Thunder in this game. He made 12 out of 23 for this game for a field goal percentage of 52.2%, and added 3 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander had 30 points in his 33 mins of playing time and earned 4 dimes in this matchup.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 17-22 this season. The Thunder are responsible for committing 21.8 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 79.1% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 24.2 times per contest (20th in the league) and they cough up possession 14.2 times per contest. Oklahoma City has earned 4,539 points for the campaign (116.4 per contest) and they grab 44.2 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Thunder are shooting 46.3% from the field, which ranks them 23rd in the league.
The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 25th in the league in points allowed per game with 116.9. They are forcing 16.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the floor (13th in the league). The Oklahoma City defense gives up 36.0% on shots from 3-point land (499 of 1,386) and their opponents are making 77.9% of their foul shots. They have allowed 25.1 assists and 48.0 rebounds per game, which is ranked 12th and 30th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas
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