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Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Conference Semifinals are underway in the NBA playoffs, and the Oklahoma City Thunder took Game 1 at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Now, Luka Doncic and company must respond in Game 2 or they could face a two-game series deficit heading back to Dallas.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2 betting picks and predictions

Thunder -5 (-110)

The Mavericks didn't anticipate a 22-point defeat in the series opener on Tuesday against OKC, but that's where they find themselves. The extended break following the series against the Clippers seemed to have adverse effects rather than beneficial ones for Doncic and company.

Dallas appeared out of sync, especially Luka, who struggled with his shooting, breaking his streak of 24 consecutive postseason games with at least 20 points by going just 6-for-19 from the field and 1-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Adjustments are imperative heading into Game 2, considering Dallas's inability to secure a win in three attempts in OKC this season. After witnessing their lackluster performance on Tuesday, it's hard to find confidence in backing them now.

OKC’s strong performance in Game 2 is foreseeable, considering their 9-2 ATS record in the last nine meetings with Dallas and covering the spread in four of their last five home games against them.

Dallas's best opportunity to secure a win in this series might come when they return home, so it's wise to back OKC -5 in Game 2.

Under 218.5 Points (-110)

In their fifth game overall and third at home during the postseason, the Thunder once again demonstrated their ability to restrict their opponents to under 100 points.

Their defense surpasses that of other teams at the moment, with Oklahoma City boasting a defensive rating 5.2 points better than the second-best team, Orlando, thus far in the postseason.

As a result, the Under has been successful in all but one of the five games played thus far, indicating that the Mavericks may encounter difficulty scoring once again on Thursday.

In Game 1, Dallas was out-rebounded by 13, struggled with stagnant ball movement resulting in just 19 total assists, and faltered from the free-throw line, connecting on only 68% of their attempts.

Their 39% shooting marked their second-worst offensive efficiency game of the postseason. With only two days between Games 1 and 2 to address these issues, the Mavericks have several areas that require improvement. 

Given this scenario, the betting route to go down is Under 218.5 (-110), especially considering that it has been successful in four of the last five Mavericks road games and in six of seven matchups for OKC against Southwest Division opponents. Anticipate a low-scoring affair once again.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander U 29.5 Points (-115)

Consistency from your star player significantly boosts your chances of success. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a finalist for the MVP award, delivered 29 points in Tuesday's victory, but amassing 30+ points in Game 2 could be a stretch too far.

In four regular season games against Dallas, SGA averaged just 22.0 PPG, surpassing 30 points in just one meeting. Additionally, he’s scored 30+ in just one game this postseason, as other players for OKC have stepped up.

Although Dallas doesn’t have a great one-on-one defender for SGA, they are set to throw multiple players at him in Game 2. Therefore, betting him to score Under 29.5 Points (-115) is the best way to go.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2 odds

Dallas Mavericks

+165 ML

Oklahoma City Thunder

-200 ML

Spread

OKC -5

Total Points

O/U 218.5

Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2 player props

Player points

Luka Doncic

O/U 31.5

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

O/U 29.5

Kyrie Irving

O/U 23.5

Jalen Williams

O/U 20.5

Chet Holmgren

O/U 16.5

PJ Washington

O/U 11.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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