Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma
I think Oklahoma City is the pick here. This team played in this season with plenty ups and downs. Probably this was expected given they are looking much different comparing with season ago, after they added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to it's roster. And now with three superstar, of course they needed time to fit everything.
Oklahoma is 7th currently on the West but with just one win less than 4th placed SA Spurs. So, clearly how every game is now important cause it's small difference between having home court advantage in first playoff round or being 7th or 8th and having huge obstacle in opening playoffs round (Warriors or Rockets), or even finishing below playoffs line.
Thunder have lost recently to Warriors. It was heavy loss but they already got back on track with win over Orlando. It was very weak game for Westbrook as well Anthony but George was pretty good. Although two of their three best players have been bad, it was quite enough for victory against tanking team like Orlando.
Today OCT will meet with another tanking team, the Mavericks. And I expect another more or less comfortable win for Thunder. Note that anyone in Dallas even try to hide they are tanking. We even have had chance to hear it loud and clear. They said how they want as better as possible position in Draft lottery.
Dallas has won only 19 games so far. But there are three teams on west coast with less victories right now. Plus, the Mavericks have won the last game and hardly you can expect from tanking team to win straight games, at least not now when we are slowly entering finish of the season (around 20 games are left).
Oklahoma is without injury problems, only Andre Roberson is out but that's now already more than a month long absence. He is out for rest of the season.
Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma prediction
|Oklahoma -4.5||Pinnacle||1.92||8||110-111 LOST (-8 units)|