The Dallas Mavericks find themselves in a deep 0-2 hole in the Western Conference quarter final best of seven series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks are hoping home court is good to them as they host the Thunder for Game 3 tonight, Thursday May 3rd. NBA oddsmakers have the Mavericks as -3.5 point home favorites over the Thunders with the over/under set at 194.5 points. Be sure to check the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks Game 3 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
OKC claimed another close contest over the defending NBA-champions, 102-99, in Game 2 of the set. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and Kevin Durant shook off a poor shooting night to add 26 on Monday. Oklahoma City has a 2-0 series lead with the two wins coming by a total of four points. The Thunder again made enough plays down the stretch in Game 2, this time from the charity stripe, where they sank 37 of 39 attempts, proving they can finish.
Durant seemed to live at the line on Monday, going 14-for-16, a big part of his offensive output thanks to an uncharacteristic 5-of-17 shooting performance. He did grab 10 rebounds, while super-sub James Harden added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists off the bench. Derek Fisher, a playoff stalwart, donated 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
While Durant has struggled, it’s been Russell Westbrook who has carried the Thunder to a 2-0 series lead. But if the Thunder has any plans of making quick work of the defending champs, Durant seemingly will have to find his stroke in Dallas. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he will continue to run the offense through Durant.
“He’s getting good looks,” Brooks said. “(Shawn) Marion’s doing a great job, but he’s also getting great looks. It seems like he’s missing the open ones and making some of the contested ones. Hopefully he can make the open ones. But he’s fine. Kevin’s a terrific player that works hard, that works on his game … That’s the only way you can make shots, by keep doing what you’ve done to make them in the first place.”
Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 31 points, Shawn Marion added 15 points and eight rebounds and Jason Terry joined Delonte West with 13 points apiece in Game 2 for the Mavs. Jason Kidd totaled 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Terry had two chances at the tie in the closing seconds, one off the dribble and another via a Vince Carter offensive rebound, but both missed off the back rim. “We just haven’t made enough plays,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. “It’s tough, there’s no question about it. We’ve had opportunities and we haven’t cashed in and they’ve made one more play than we have in both games.”
Jason Terry said there can be no mistaking how important tonight’s game is for the Mavericks. “Game 3 is Game 7 for us,” Terry said Wednesday after practice. “We’re coming out with a sense of urgency.” Nobody in NBA history has come back from down 3-0 in a playoff series to advance. So the Mavericks vow a supreme effort.
The Bottom Line: Dallas plays better at home and you can bet the farm they’ll come out firing on all cylinders. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Thunder are 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Dallas.
Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Thunder are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Thunder are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss.
Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Mavericks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks
When: Thursday, May 3rd@9:30 PM EST
Pick: Mavericks -3.5
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