Oklahoma City vs Dallas NBA Playoffs Game 3 Betting Report
Basketball, perhaps more than any other professional sport, has a huge gulf between the good teams and the not so good. It is generally expected that the top 3 seeds in each conference will easily dispense of their opening round playoff opponents before moving on to the tougher match-ups. It was certainly expected that the Oklahoma City Thunder would be altogether too much for the Dallas Mavericks to handle in the first round, but the first two games of the series have proven that the Thunder may not have it all their way in this one. The opening game of the series was a total slaughter in favor of OKC, but Dallas seemed to figure out Russell Westbrook in Game 2, and somehow managed to come away with an invaluable road win, and all while keeping the potent Thunder offense to a meager 84 points. Game 3 is going to be a big one, and you can wager on it at our MyBookie.ag Pro basketball odds portal.
How To Bet The Thunder Vs Mavericks NBA Playoff Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Thursday, April 21 at 7 PM EST
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: Thunder and Mavericks
Live Stream: NBAonTNT
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have developed a habit of staring games on fire, only to fall away badly coming down the stretch. They were able to avoid that in Game 1, but fell prey to it somewhat in the second game of the series. Game 2 was not a good night for the big guns on the Thunder, with Russell Westbrook in particular seeming to be off his game. This is not something that you see very often, and the odds of keeping these guys under 100 points in back to back games are not very good. The first game on the road in the playoffs can be tough, but OKC won both of the regular season games in Dallas this year, so expect their confidence to be high.
Why bet on the Dallas Mavericks
There seems to be a belief that the Mavericks got into the head of Westbrook before Game 2 even began. A couple of Mavericks players got in the way of the traditional pre-game dance that Westbrook performs on the court, and while it may have meant nothing, there are those who believe it messed up his mojo. The Mavericks are going to have to do more than breaking up a dance party if they are to win this series, and that means winning the rebound battle the way they did in Game 2. Keeping Westbrook quiet will also help their cause, but they know that the big man is likely to have a chip on his shoulder coming into this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
OKC could well have been coming in here up 2-0 if a last second basket had not been overturned in Game 2. They still know that they need to improve over that performance, and I think they will in Game 3.
Oklahoma City Thunder 106 Dallas Mavericks 97