Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball Game On Sunday December 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM EST.
The (15-16) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest Division will make the trip from the Sooner State to the Metroplex to take on the (21-10) Dallas Mavericks of the Western Conference Southwest Division in 2014 NBA action. The teams will play at American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas, Texas. This Sports Handicapper believes Oklahoma City is back to form and will compete for the 2015 NBA Championship. Dallas just pulled off the trade of the century getting a premier point guard. The betting line is not available for Sunday’s game.
The 2014-15 Oklahoma City Thunder are on a two-game win streak beating San Antonio on the road 114-106 on Christmas day and at home holding Charlotte to only 75 points. Oklahoma City hosts Phoenix on New Years Eve and Washington on the 2nd of January, 2015. The betting odds under is 5-0 OKC last five on Sunday’s. The betting odds under is also 3-1-1 the last five meetings between the teams. Oklahoma City is 3-2, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice on NBA Betting ATS Picks their last five on the road. Oklahoma City has gone over the betting odds total their last four on the road against a team with a winning record. Oklahoma City is back after a tough first month of the season, with injuries to stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. The rest of the NBA better be on alert, this team is ready to make a run. Durant is questionable and has missed the last five with an ankle sprain, but it’s nothing serious, the team is cautious. Rookie Mitch McGary, who will be valuable, hasn’t played and won’t be ready until mid-January. The key to a Thunder win is to concentrate on defense, they don’t want to get into an up and down game with Dallas without the reigning MVP.
The 201415 Dallas Mavericks had lost two in a row before getting a win on December 26 at home Against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas is scoring nearly 110 points per contest and giving up a little over 103 ppg. Dallas is only 4-12-1 Against The Spread the last 17 between the teams in North Texas. Dallas has dropped their last four ATS. The Mavericks are 1-5 Against The Spread, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under four times their last six at home. Dallas is struggling since getting Rajon Rondo from Boston, but it takes time to build chemistry. The Mavericks will be strong contenders when the team gets used to the star point guard and it won’t take long. The key to a Mavericks win Sunday to push the ball as much as possible.
Free Pick: Pending.