TNT NBA Picks – Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Picks February 19, 2015

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies prior to the All-Star Break have made the playoff race in the Western Conference slightly more interesting. With that NBA Picks victory, the Thunder are now actually just fifty per cent of a game behind the Phoenix Suns for the conference’s eighth spot. Will they be able to jump to the playoff picture by beating the Dallas Mavericks this coming February 19th?

NBA Picks Thursday Dallas MavericksDirk Nowitzki got aan All star appearance Game as a substitute for Anthony Davis, but he’s probably more stoked with the Mavericks’87-82 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Nowitzki scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds and teamed up with J.J. Barea, who finished with 22 points, to repulse a pesky Jazz team. Barea has been playing steady as Rajon Rondo’s replacment in the Mavs’starting five. He’s set up 13.2 PPG and a team-leading 5.8 APG over the Mavs’last six games.

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma CIty

When: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8:00 PM ET

Line: Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder — view all NBA lines

Even though the Jazz scored just 30 points inside the paint, the Mavericks nonetheless felt the lack of Tyson Chandler (ankle). They certainly were thoroughly dominated on the glass, as Utah outrebounded them, 52-38.

Chandler, however, can take advantage of a lengthy rest and will probably be for sale in the Thunder game. The 13-year vet is averaging 10.7 PPG and 11.8 RPG thus far this season. Chandler was out with back spasms in the very first meeting with the Thunder on December 28, but behind the hot hands of Nowitzki (30 points) and Chandler Parsons (26), the Mavericks bucked his absence and pulled off  112-107 NBA Picks win. Monta Ellis also added 18 points.

Ellis, who wasn’t likely to play against Utah after suffering a hip injury in the overall game before contrary to the LA Clippers, surprisingly got some action, he only had seven points in 37 minutes. Like Chandler, the long break will help Ellis go back to top form come the Thunder match. Ellis could be the Mavs’leading scorer, averaging 19.8 PPG on 45.4 percent field goal shooting

It doesn’t matter what the Thunder’s record is, the truth is that they’re likely to be one heck of a group to manage with Kevin Durant adding MVP numbers on just about any given night. Behind Durant’s 26 points, the Thunder improved to 28-25 after ending their first half schedule with a 105-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. It was the Thunder’s third win in as many games.

Durant (25.9 PPG) has clearly elevated his play this month, wherein he has set up typically 30.5 PPG. The uptick in Durant’s scoring output was mostly caused by his sudden going berserk from the surface throughout the last four Thunder games. Through that stretch, Durant went 16-for-31 from the three-point region for a ludicrous 51.6%. Although what the law states of averages may reach him the moment the Dallas game, expect him to have his chances whilst the Mavericks are one of the worst in defending contrary to the three.

On a per game basis, Dallas opponents are making 8.7 three-pointers on 24.0 attempts thus far this season.

Durant wasn’t present in the Thunder loss to Dallas in December due to a sprained ankle, leaving Serge Ibaka (13.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG) and Russell Westbrook (25.8 PPG, 7.6 APG) with all of the heavy lifting on offense. Ibaka imposed his will against a Chandler-less Mavs, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Westbrook finished with 18 points and nine assists.

Ibaka and the others of OKC’s frontline will have to control the boards to greatly help decelerate Dallas’offense that’s third in the league in scoring with 106.3 PPG. Oklahoma City appears to be as much as that task whilst the team is tops in the league in rebounding with 46.5 RPG. Free NBA Basketball Picks Oklahoma City continues to remain red hot.

 

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