Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks Picks and Predictions May 15th 2024

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Wed, May 15, 21:30 pm.
Oklahoma City Thunder
ML: -185
Dallas Mavericks
ML: 150

Thunder Rally to Level Series Against Mavericks, Eyes on Conference Finals Prize

In an electrifying showdown last Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder staged a dramatic comeback from a sizable deficit to take down the Dallas Mavericks 100-96, leveling their playoff series at two games apiece. With the momentum firmly in their corner, the Thunder are gearing up to use their home-court edge in the upcoming clashes, aiming to clinch a spot in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2016.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Turns Up the Heat

The night belonged to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, whose clutch plays in the second half were nothing short of heroic. Racking up 22 points after halftime, including 10 in the crucial final quarter, Shai’s game-tying fadeaway at 4:02 flipped the script. This moment not only balanced the scales at 86 all but also sparked the Thunder’s push to seize and keep the lead, riding it out till the game’s end.

Rookie Sensation Chet Holmgren Steps Up

Chet Holmgren, the rookie sensation, didn’t miss his moment to shine either. Contributing 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds, his timely three-pointer, off an assist from Gilgeous-Alexander, pushed the Thunder ahead. Holmgren’s performance was capped by sinking two essential free throws, underlining the critical nature of precision from the line when the pressure’s maxed out.

Mavericks’ Missed Shots and Chances

Despite their robust defense, which restricted the Thunder to shooting just 38% from the field and a meager 25.9% from beyond the arc, the Mavericks’ own offense sputtered. Luka Doncic was boxed into 18 points, struggling with a 6-of-20 shooting night, while Kyrie Irving added a mere nine points. Their faltering offensive execution, particularly evident during a lackluster 15-point third quarter, cost them dearly.

Kyrie Irving on the Night’s Letdown

Post-game, Kyrie Irving reflected on the loss, pinpointing the squad’s inability to nail the “little things” like nailing free throws and grabbing key rebounds, which could’ve swayed the game their way. Now, the Mavericks face the uphill task of bouncing back as the action returns to Oklahoma City.

What’s Next?

Looking ahead to Game 5, the Thunder aim to ride their current wave of momentum, while the Mavericks need to hash out their offensive woes and gear up to disrupt Oklahoma City’s rhythm. The forthcoming game is set to be a critical juncture in this neck-and-neck series, as both teams battle it out for a coveted spot in the Western Conference finals.

In summary, last Monday’s game was a showcase of the Thunder’s grit and the Mavericks’ squandered chances. With another crucial face-off looming this Wednesday, the anticipation is sky-high, promising another round of thrilling playoff basketball.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
O 212.5
Dallas Mavericks
U 212.5
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