A pair of Western Conference teams solidly in the playoff picture take the floor in the Sooner State. The Dallas Mavericks are on the road as they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night. Dallas was defeated 112-107 on the road by the Jazz Saturday afternoon in their last contest. Oklahoma City defeated Minnesota 113-104 on the road Saturday night in their previous game. The Thunder leads the all-time regular season series 83-76, including a 106-101 home win in the first matchup this season on December 31, 2019.
Dallas Mavericks Try to Bounce BackDallas was beaten for the second time in three games as they were unable to slow down Utah late on the road. The Mavericks entered Sunday second in the Southwest Division, half a game behind the Rockets for the top spot. In the Western Conference playoff picture, Dallas stood sixth, 7.5 games behind the Lakers for the top spot. Dallas led by 11 after the opening quarter, by three at the half and by four after three quarters. The Mavericks held a one-point lead with 52.2 seconds to play after a three-point bucket by Tim Hardaway Jr. but they were scoreless the rest of the game as the Jazz scored the final six points of the game. Dallas shot 43.3 percent from the field, including 16 of 41 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 54-44. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists per contest.
The Mavericks enter this contest third in the league in scoring offense with 116.6 points per game on the season. Dallas stands fourth in rebounding with 47.4 boards per game while they rank 15th in assists by dishing out 24.1 dimes per contest. The Mavericks are 14th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 109.8 points per game on the year. Luka Doncic leads the team with 29 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per contest this season. Kristaps Porzingis contributes 17.1 points plus nine rebounds per game while Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.2 points) is also a solid contributor on the offensive end. Maxi Kleber (9.2 points), Dorian Finney-Smith, Seth Curry (10.8 points) and Dwight Powell are key pieces in the Mavericks’ rotation. Dallas is tied for 11th in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.3 percent as a team from beyond the arc. The Mavericks are second by knocking down 15 three-pointers per contest on the year. Dallas stands 8th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.6 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Mavericks acquired Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors to replace Dwight Powell, who was lost for the season with a torn Achilles on January 21 against the Clippers.
Oklahoma City Thunder Seeking Sixth Straight WinOklahoma City earned their fifth straight win as they used a dominant third quarter to roll past Minnesota on the road Saturday night. The Thunder entered Sunday third in the Northwest Division standings, five games behind the Jazz. In the Western Conference playoff picture, Oklahoma City is seventh, 8.5 games behind the Lakers for the top spot. The Thunder led by six after the opening quarter and by four at the half before breaking the game open with a 39-24 advantage in the third quarter. Oklahoma City hung on down the stretch as Minnesota closed within five late to earn the win. The Thunder shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 11 of 24 from three-point range, and knocked down 24 of 25 free throw attempts. Dennis Schroder led the Thunder with 26 points off the bench in the win.
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The Thunder enters this one 17th in the league in scoring offense as they average 110.6 points per game. Oklahoma City is 23rd in rebounding with 43.3 boards a night while ranking 26th in assists by dishing out 21.9 dimes per game. The Thunder stands 11th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 108.1 points per contest. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading Oklahoma City with 19.7 points plus six rebounds per game on the season. Danilo Gallinari contributes 19.1 points plus 5.8 rebounds per game while Chris Paul chips in 17.2 points plus 6.4 assists a night. The Thunder can look to Steven Adams (11 points, 9.5 rebounds) and Dennis Schroder (18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists) in order to get their offense going. Terrance Ferguson, Mike Muscala, Abdel Nader and Darius Bazley all have to contribute for the Thunder to have success. Oklahoma City is tied for 5th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 47.2 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Thunder is tied for 24th in threes made per game as they drain 10.5 per contest while ranking tied for 18th by hitting 35.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
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