OKC Thunder take on the Dallas Mavericks to kickoff back-to-back

The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up the first half of the NBA season with a back-to-back after being off since Saturday. The Thunder will take on the Mavericks tonight in Dallas, before matching up with the Spurs tomorrow to conclude the first half.

Tonight against Dallas, the Thunder will be without Hamidou Diallo who has been ruled out for the rest of the first half schedule. George Hill, is also sidelined for another week or two. The Thunder of course are still without Moses Brown, Josh Hall, and Aleksej Pokusevski all in the G-League Bubble and Trevor Ariza has not reported and will not report to the team.

For the Dallas Mavericks, star guard and MVP caliber player, Luka Doncic is doubtful to play tonight with back tightness. The Mavs will have their unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis in this game while the Thunder will have their counter in Al Horford.

With the news of Luka Doncic being doubtful, the odds makers have set the spread at OKC +3.5, and I for one am taking that bet. I think OKC will beat Dallas tonight with Doncic out. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said it best when he called this game a “trap game.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder rarely get blown out, and now the Mavs do not have their best player. The Thunder have had three days off, and their last game was one of those rare blow out losses at the hands of the Denver Nuggets. Their young players will be ready to go right out of the gate.

The Thunder will look to exploit the Mavs lack of defense, and keep pace with Dallas’ explosive offense that will surely take a step back without Luka Doncic.

This game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Oklahoma, and this story will be updated with quotes from Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault pregame.

For Locked on Thunder listeners, the Moneyball pick is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the bet of the day is OKC +3.5, I am taking OKC outright to win, even.

Rylan Stiles

Rylan Stiles is the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast, a media member with the Thunder and the NBA, and Founder of BricktownBuckets.com.

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