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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 6 5/18/24 NBA Betting Picks

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 6 5/18/24The Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks are set to face off in an electrifying Game 6 of the NBA West Semifinals on May 18, 2024. With the series tied at 2-2, both teams have shown formidable strength throughout the season. The Thunder, finishing at 57-25, and the Mavericks, at 50-32, bring high stakes into this matchup. As basketball fans and bettors alike look for free NBA Semifinals expert predictions, this game is one to watch closely.

When:Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
Where:American Airlines Center
Stream:NBA League Pass

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 6 5/18/24
+4 -110
O 209.5 -110
-3.5 -115
U 209.5 -110
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Despite the specifics of the betting odds yet to be determined, the tight performance metrics and recent trends suggest that this will be a closely contested battle. Bettors will need to keep an eye on the release of the final odds to make informed decisions.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) vs. Luka Doncic (PG)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunders has indeed played immaculately all through the season. Averaging 30.1 points and 6.2 assists in all of the games (it was 75 games) was not a problem for him. He is indeed very swift of foot and quite effective in passing through opponents’ lines which have been the major reason for Thunder to record a fair number of wins. Nevertheless, his 2.2 giveaways per contest are the areas that Dallas can use against him.

Luka Doncic likewise has really strengthened the Mavericks like their foundation. His 70 games ended with an average of 33.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 9.8 assists. His higher assist-to-turnover ratio over Gilgeous-Alexander evaluates his efficiency and the playmaking rise which is critical in close games especially.

It is obvious that when these two key personalities compete, the atmosphere surrounding the court is conceived to be tense. They both can score and give the playmaking function, but Doncic’s rebounding and the game control could still be better than the scoring flashes of Gilgeous-Alexander.

Thunder’s Statistical Dominance

Not only have the Thunder made a commanding offense throughout the regular season but also have an average of 120.1 points per game with a shooting cleverness of 49.9%. Their outside shooting at 38.9%, perfectly mesh with their inside game, making them a two-way threat. This long-range weaponry will play a very critical role in cracking down the Mavs’.

Mavericks’ Balanced Attack

Dallas Mavericks, while scoring fewer points per game with 117.9 points, seem to be able to compete with a balanced team performance. The three point shooting percentage of 36% is because of a higher volume of attempts which goes to show that they strategically rely on long-range shots. Mavs’ use of the floor to space and the involvement of others in scoring act as possible strategies to destroy Thunder’s defense.


Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends

Thunder are 5-0 in their last 5 games.
Oklahoma Thunder are 4-1 in their last 5 games against the spread
Thunder are 19-21 in their road games against the spread
The totals have gone OVER in 2 of Thunder’ last 5 games
The totals have gone OVER in 19 of Thunder’ 41 last games at home

Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends

Mavericks are 3-2 in their last 5 games.
Dallas Mavericks are 3-2 in their last 5 games against the spread
Mavericks are 27-14 in their road games against the spread
The totals have gone OVER in 2 of Mavericks’ last 5 games
The totals have gone OVER in 16 of Mavericks’ 41 last games at home


Oklahoma City Thunder

No reported injuries

Dallas Mavericks

Maxi Kleber PF Is out indefinitely, Shoulder
Olivier-Maxence Prosper PF Is out indefinitely, Ankle

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Betting Picks

Given the current form and statistical strengths of both teams, this game is anticipated to be highly competitive. The Thunder’s offensive edge, paired with their recent momentum, makes them a slight favorite in this matchup. However, bettors should consider the potential for a high-scoring game, possibly favoring the over, depending on the set total.

Luka Doncic’s all-around game and the Mavericks’ strategic 3-point shooting could upset the Thunder, making them a tempting pick if they are underdogs in the spread. This game is ideal for bettors looking for action in the premier online sportsbook markets. Sign up today to make your NBA betting prediction!

Score Prediction: Thunder 118, Mavericks 115.