Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The series shifts to Texas as the Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the Dallas Mavericks for Game Three tonight. The Mavericks are -1 point favorites over the Thunder with an over/under point total set at 195.
Game one of the series went to the Thunder with the help of a “lucky” bounce from a Kevin Durant game winner and the sequel provided another close finish as the Thunder won by 102-99 to take a 2-0 series lead.
For OKC, Russell Westbrook led the way with 29 points on 10 of 21 shooting, but had just two assists at the point position. Not for the first time this season, he took more shots than Kevin Durant, but you can certainly make the argument that he had to, because Durant made just five of 17 shots to finish with 26 points and 10 rebounds. In fact, Durant has now combined for 15 of 44 shooting in games one and two, while Westbrook has made a combined 23 of 44 of his shots. The Mavs’ defense on Durant has really hurt his field goal percentage, but KD still managed to hurt the Mavs from the charity stripe with 14 of 16 made free throws, while the rest of the OKC team made a perfect 23 of 23.
For the Mavs, Dirk Nowitzki led the way with a game-high 31 points on 10 of 19 shooting, including a perfect 11 of 11 from the line, but he just didn’t receive as much support as he did in game one. For instance, Jason Terry had 20 points in game one, but just 13 points in game two, while Vince Carter followed up his 13 points with just five in game two. Furthermore, the Mavs made just five of 23 from the three-point line, but as bad as they were shooting as a team, they were still in with a real chance at the end and will consider themselves a little unlucky for winning either of the first two games.
The first two games of this series has probably been a lot closer than most would’ve predicted, so you have to give credit to the Mavs for battling tough through the first two games. However, the fact remains that they are down 2-0 and will need to win game three or they will have to come back from a 3-0 deficit, a feat that has never been achieved in NBA history. Based on the desperation factor and what is at stake, I think the Mavs will grab their first win of the series and cover the spread.
Dallas Mavericks -1 Oklahoma City Thunder