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The Gold Sheet

(557) Dallas Mavericks at (558) Oklahoma City Thunder

(557) Dallas Mavericks at (558) Oklahoma City Thunder
May 7, 2024 9PM EDT
Play Rating:
3% – Dallas Mavericks +3.5 (-110)

Rested or rusty? That will be the question that Oklahoma City will face in Game 1 of its Western Conference semifinal with Dallas. The Thunder play for the first time in over a week after they disposed of the Pelicans in four games, winning those contests by an average of 16 points per game. The Thunder won three of the four regular season meetings between these teams, but Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving only played two games apiece. Doncic and Irving each averaged over 30 points per game in their respective contests against the Thunder. Oklahoma City's star didn't enjoy that same kind of success, even though his team won three of those four meetings. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averaged just 22 points per game in those four contests with Dallas, down eight points from the 30 points per game he averaged during the regular season. Doncic and Irving both played in the 146-111 win over Oklahoma City back on February 11, combining to score 57 points on 20-of-33 shooting from the floor. The Thunder were at full-strength in that matchup. We're interested in grabbing the points with the Mavericks in this one. Dallas' series with the Clippers ended on Friday. The Mavericks are on a much better schedule compared to Oklahoma City, who hasn't taken the court in eight days. The Thunder have enjoyed a fantastic season, but one area where they can be beat is on the glass. Oklahoma City was No. 28 in overall rebounding rate and No. 28 in offensive rebounding rate this season.

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