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Back Mavs over Thunder as NBA Best Bet on Dec. 2

The Dallas Mavericks are four-point underdogs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The over-under is set at 236 points in the NBA Vegas odds.

Dallas is eighth in the NBA odds to win the title at +2500, while the Thunder is much further back at +5000. As for this matchup, it marks the second night of a back-to-back for the Mavs. Dallas is coming off a 108-94 loss to the Grizzlies.

Back Mavs over Thunder as NBA Best Bet on Dec. 2

The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic who was with his fiancee for the birth of their first child. Kyrie Irving underwhelmed in Doncic’s absence posting 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in a losing effort. Dallas remains non-committal on Doncic’s status against the Thunder.

Jason Kidd on if he expects Luka Doncic to return from being out due to personal reasons for tomorrow’s game against the Thunder: ‘We’re just on today. Just today. We don’t know what tomorrow brings. We’ll see,’” DallasBasketball.com’s Grant Afseth tweeted on December 1.

Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off a 133-110 blowout victory over the Lakers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 33 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. OKC has had a couple days off with its win over LA coming on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Let’s take a look at my NBA predictions for the Thunder-Mavericks matchup.

Thunder vs Mavericks: Who Has the Better Resume?

Oklahoma City is off to a hot start heading at 12-6, but the Thunder have lost two of their last three games. OKC’s wins this season include victories over the Cavs, Warriors, Hawks, and Suns.

After missing all of the 2022-23 season, Chet Holmgren has made his presence felt in his first NBA season. Holmgren is averaging 17.9 points, 7.8 boards, 2.6 assists, and 2.1 blocks per contest while shooting a scorching 41% from long range.

The Mavericks are 11-7 but have also lost two of their last three matchups. Dallas’ wins this season include victories over the Clippers, Pelicans, and Lakers.

Doncic is once again putting up crazy numbers averaging 31.1 points, 8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. The presence of Doncic is why the Mavs are still considered a potential title contender in the NBA odds.

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As for which side to back, at full strength these teams are relatively even. Doncic’s status remains a question mark, but it is reasonable to expect the superstar to play given this is a home game. With Doncic in the lineup, the Mavs stand a good chance to win.

Be sure to check Doncic’s status before betting online. We’re rolling with Dallas to cover the spread.

NBA Picks ATS: Mavericks +4

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Thunder vs Mavericks Game Information

  • Game: Thunder (12-6) vs Mavericks (11-7)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2023, 9 p.m. ET
  • Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • Thunder vs Mavericks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

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Questions of the Day

Which player of the Mavericks has the highest probability of recording a triple-double in the game?


Luka Doncic is the Mavericks player most likely to have a triple-double if he plays. Doncic’s status remains uncertain as he celebrates the birth of a baby.

Which team is the best bet to win the game between the Thunder and Mavericks?


We like the Mavericks to cover the spread against the Thunder.

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