The OKLAHOMA CITY and the DALLAS will both be gunning for a victory on 11/10/2018 at 9:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER vs DALLAS MAVERICKS
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
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TV: 9:05 PM
PREDICTION: DALLAS , OKLAHOMA CITY
Oddsmakers currently have the DALLAS listed as 1 point favorites versus the OKLAHOMA CITY, while the game’s total is sitting at 217.
The Oklahoma City Thunder aim to stretch their winning streak to eight games but will again be without star point guard Russell Westbrook. The former MVP will miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury when Oklahoma City visits the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
The Thunder allowed an average of 83 points in the first two games Westbrook missed and were highly impressive during Thursday’s 96-80 home triumph over the Houston Rockets. “It’s just having the urgency of wanting to win,” backup point guard Raymond Felton told reporters after the victory. “That’s the way we’re playing right now. We’re playing like we’re hungry and we just gotta keep that.” Dallas could be in for a long night against the defensive pressure as it turned the ball over 25 times during Wednesday’s 117-102 road loss against the Utah Jazz. “It’s a big problem and we’ve got to get it solved,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “You give up 31 points on 25 turnovers on the road in the Western Conference, and you’re going to have a rough night.”
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, FS Southwest (Dallas)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (7-4): Standout forward Paul George scored 20 points but also recorded a season-best six of the Thunder’s 11 steals during a contest in which the team held Houston to 20 or fewer points in three of the quarters. “We didn’t come in thinking this was going to be an offensive battle, where we’ve got to outscore them on the offensive end,” George told reporters. “We’re just going to stick to playing defense. We’ve got guys that can guard and want to guard. That’s just what it comes down to. (Defense) is what we’re going to hang our hat on.” George has recorded 31 steals, including four games of four or more thefts.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (3-8): Hot-shot forward Luka Doncic is averaging a team-best 20.2 points and topped 20 six times after scoring 24 in the loss to Utah. The 19-year-old rookie made multiple 3-pointers in 10 straight games and is also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists while displaying a solid all-around game. “We knew the guy was a good player. We knew he could make plays, knew he could score,” Carlisle told reporters. “If you’re going to jump into this league as a young player, you better jump in with some force, some presence and some authority. Otherwise, you’re going to get hit in the face. That’s how tough of a league it is.”
1. The Thunder won eight of the past 11 meetings but the teams split last season’s four contests.
2. Dallas C DeAndre Jordan recorded 10 or more rebounds in a franchise-record 11 straight games.
3. Oklahoma City C Steven Adams scored a season-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds against Houston for his fifth double-double of the season.
PREDICTION: Thunder 105, Mavericks 94