Take #564 Oklahoma City -14 over Dallas (8 PM ET Monday, August 25)
The Oklahoma City Thunder attempt to close out their first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks when the two teams meet tonight in OKC. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 PM ET atChesapeake Energy Arena.
The Mavericks (43-43, 46-39 ATS) got a gutsy effort from Dirk Nowitzki in Saturday’s loss. Nowitzki, who is playing with a bruised knee, had 27 points and eight rebounds in Game 4. Raymond Felton added 19 points and 11 assists.
The Thunder (58-28, 40-45 ATS) will have Kevin Durant in the lineup despite his flagrant 2 foul that got him ejected late in Saturday’s 119-108 victory in Dallas. He avoided a suspension but did receive a small fine from the league. Russell Westbrook is also lighter in the wallet after being hit with a $25,000 dollar fine for inappropriate language toward a fan. The verbal altercation aside, Westbrook had a solid night with 25 points and 15 assists giving him his fourth straight double-double in the series. Westbrook scored 22 of Oklahoma City’s 32 third-quarter points.
The Thunder are 7-1 SU in the last eight meetings and 6-2 ATS. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings but are 20-8-1 ATS in the past 29 in Oklahoma City.
The UNDER is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in the Sooner State while Dallas is 6-1 to the low side in its last seven road games.
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