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Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions Game 5

Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions Game 5

DALLAS MAVERICKS VS OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER PREDICTIONS GAME 5

The magnitude of tonight’s game between the Mavericks and Thunder could not be any bigger. 82% of teams that win Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2 go on to advance to the next round, so I’m expecting both teams to be up for this one. Dallas goes into it as a 4.5 point underdog, just like they were in the first two road games of this series. If you’re a Mavs fan, you are definitely worried going into tonight’s game. Particularly because of the way your offense has performed in this series. Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic weren’t assertive enough in Game 4, combining to score a series low 27 points between them. It's hard to win games when your two best players don’t show up, I’m expecting a bounce back performance on Wednesday night.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came under a lot of criticism after his poor performance in Game 3, but he made amends with 34 points in Monday’s game, leading the Thunder to a victory. This is uncharted territory for this young OKC team, so I am curious to see how they respond with all the pressure on them in Game 5. They’ve had the Mavs number when playing at the Paycom Center, winning 4 of the last 5 meetings. OKC was one of the strongest home teams in the NBA this year, they’ve won 36 of 45 games there and enter Wednesday’s game on a run of 8 wins in 9 games. One thing that should worry them ahead of tonight’s game is their three-point shooting. After opening the series with 16 threes made, they’ve averaged just 9 per game in the last 3 outings.

MAVERICKS POINT SPREAD PREDICTION

Game 5 could go either way, just like the previous two games in this series. From a better perspective it makes more sense to back the underdog if it’s going to be a close game. The last two games were decided by 4 points, if that happens again it would favor backing Dallas. I’ll do just that, give me the Mavs to cover.
Mavericks +4.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

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DAL

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MIN

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DALLAS MAVERICKS VS OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER GAME 5 TOTAL POINTS: UNDER 212.5

The scoring has plummeted in the two games played in Dallas, the two teams shot under 40% combined in Game 4 and went under 200 points for the first time in 8 meetings this season. However, the oddsmakers are sticking with their usual 212.5 point projected total in Game 5, maybe that’s something we can use to our advantage here? The total has gone under just twice in OKC’s 8 postseason games so far, mainly due to their stellar defense which ranks 1st in efficiency out of the 8 teams remaining in this postseason. Dallas also has a habit of going under the total in their road games. This has happened 10 times in their last 14 such games. The under has also cashed in 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two teams, you have to wonder if Dallas can score enough with a semi-healthy Luka Doncic here. I think whoever comes out on top here will do so with their effort on the defensive end. I’ll stick with the under here.
Under 212.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

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