Thunder Easy NBA Betting Online Pick Over DallasPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Tuesday night’s NBA betting online action turned in some very interesting results. After LeBron James publically expressed his disappointment with the Cavaliers’ organization perceived complacency, the Cavs once again came up short against a sportsbook underdog.
Perhaps Cleveland was trying to imitate Golden State – who recently got upset by the low-ranking Miami Heat, or perhaps they were trying to make their path to the playoffs a tad bit more difficult. Either way, the Cavs failed in both endeavors. The Warriors haven’t conceded back-to-back losses all season long and the Cavs are now facing their 3rd consecutive loss. Likewise, despite top-ranking Cleveland’s recent struggles, no team in the Eastern Conference has been able to make a push to dethrone King James from atop the Conference. And luckily enough for the Cavs, no 1st place contender will be taking to the court Thursday night.
Thursday night’s round of NBA betting online action won’t feature any of the conference-leading teams from the East, but fans will still be able to catch Russell Westbrook’s plight to earn his 23rd triple double of the season. The Thunder will be hosting the Dallas Mavericks, a team ranking 7 spots lower than Oklahoma City in the West. Let’s see what kind of odds most basketball betting sites are giving the Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
NBA SPORTSBOOK ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, January 26th
Dallas Mavericks +8 (-110) 199½ (-110) +315
Considering that the Mavericks rank 5th in the Southwest Division, it makes complete sense for Dallas to be pegged as the NBA betting online underdog against Westbrook and company. Dallas comes into this contest with a 16-29 record that places them 13th in the Western Conference. The Mavericks have qualified for the postseason for the last three years consecutively. Albeit, Dallas was sent home after the first round each time and this season, the way things are currently going, it seems that the Mavs won’t even make the playoffs.
The Thunder will be coming into this contest with a 27-19 record that ranks them 2nd in the Northwest Division as well as 6th in the Western Conference. Most sportsbook fans were uncertain how Oklahoma City would fare with Durant’s offseason departure. But without another superstar in the limelight, Westbrook has been able to exceed everyone’s expectations and is on pace to put up the most single-season triple-doubles we’ve seen since Wilt Chamberlain delivered 31 back in the 1973-74 season. The NBA record for single-season triple-doubles is held by Oscar Robertson who put up 41 during the 1961-62 season. Right now Westbrook is averaging a triple double every two games (Thunder have played 46 games, Westbrook has 23 triple-doubles). With 36 games left on Oklahoma City’s schedule, if Westbrook is able to maintain his current average, the MVP-candidate should finish with 36 triple-doubles, exceeding Chamberlain’s feat but not surpassing Robertson. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won four consecutive home games and are not looking to get that streak snapped by an inferior team.