After smacking their opponents senseless in their 131-102 Game 3 win on Thursday, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will look to take total control over Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks when they take to the court on Saturday for Game 4 of their first round Western Conference playoff series. Now, let’s find out if the Thunder, who currently have a 2-1 series lead, will take another step toward closing this NBA betting series out!
How To Bet The Thunder vs Mavericks NBA Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Odds: Mavericks +10
Why Bet the Oklahoma City Thunder
The best reason to bet on Oklahoma City in this matchup is that they’re superior to Dallas in every way, despite their Game 2 home loss to the Mavs. Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 34 points on 11 of 25 shooting to bounce back from his miserable Game 2 performance. Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and dished out 15 assists in the win while Enes Kanter added 21 points and Dion Waiters, 19. Oklahoma City shot a blistering 57.7 percent from the field in their commanding win and 15 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Why Bet the Dallas Mavericks
The only reasons to back Dallas in this contest is that the Mavs are completely desperate and playing at home. Dallas got smacked around from beginning to end in their humbling Game 3 loss, but got a team-high 22 points from veteran Wesley Matthews and 18 points from backcourt mate Raymond Felton in the loss.
Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points while JJ Barea chipped in with 15 points and seven assists. Unfortunately, the Mavs had absolutely no defense for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I don’t think there’s any way that Dallas gets the win in Game 4 as they’ve been completely outclassed through three games. Not only that, but I suspect the Thunder realize they need to close out this series as quickly as possible so they can get as much rest as possible before facing the Spurs in the second round.
The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record. Conversely, Dallas is just 3-8 ATS in its last 11 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last half-dozen home games against a team with a winning road record.
My final score prediction:
Oklahoma City 107 Dallas 95