Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 18, 2024

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May 18, 2024 7:10 AM
The Dallas Mavericks, holding a 3-2 series lead, aim to clinch the West Semifinals series victory as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 8:00 PM. With the Thunder fighting to stay alive, this crucial matchup promises to be an intense showdown between two of the NBA's top teams. Can the Mavericks secure the series win on their home court, or will the Thunder force a deciding Game 7?
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Thunder vs Mavericks game preview

As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare to secure a series victory over the Dallas Mavericks, all eyes remain on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, whose standout performance this season has been pivotal for the Thunder. Averaging 30.1 points per game, Gilgeous-Alexander's offensive dominance is backed by his ability to facilitate plays, as evidenced by his 6.2 assists per game. Moreover, with Chet Holmgren anchoring the defense and pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game, the Thunder have shown resilience and balance on both ends of the court. The synergy between Gilgeous-Alexander's scoring prowess and Holmgren's defensive acumen could prove decisive as the Thunder look to exploit any vulnerabilities in the Mavericks' lineup. Given their strong regular-season record of 57-25, the Thunder are well-positioned to leverage their tactical strengths in this critical matchup.

On the other hand, the Dallas Mavericks enter this series with their fate heavily reliant on the health and performance of their star player, Luka Doncic, who is currently listed as day-to-day due to a knee sprain. Doncic, leading the team with an impressive average of 33.9 points, 9.8 assists, and 9.2 rebounds per game, is the cornerstone of the Mavericks' strategy. His availability and effectiveness on the court could significantly sway the series in their favor or against them. The Mavericks, who finished the regular season with a 50-32 record, have shown they can compete with the best, but managing the uncertainty around Doncic's injury will be their biggest challenge. As they face the Thunder, the depth of the Mavericks' bench and their ability to adapt tactically without Doncic, if needed, will be crucial elements to watch.

Dallas Mavericks injuries

  • Luka Doncic (PG): Day-To-Day
  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper (F): Out
  • Maxi Kleber (PF): Out
  • Greg Brown III (PF): Out

Oklahoma City Thunder injuries

  • Olivier Sarr (C): Out

How to Watch the Thunder vs Mavericks

The Thunder vs. Mavericks game will be televised on ABC and is scheduled for Sat 8:00 PM.

Thunder vs Mavericks predictions

The Thunder are looking to bounce back from a tough loss, and I think they'll rely heavily on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to get them back on track. I'm expecting big things from SGA - 32 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds sounds about right. And don't sleep on Chet Holmgren, who's been dominating the glass lately. I'm projecting 18 points and 12 rebounds from the young big man. If Luguentz Dort can chip in with some timely three-pointers, the Thunder might just have enough to take down the Mavs.

On the other side of the court, the Mavericks are looking to close out the series at home. Luka Doncic is going to be a problem, as per usual. I'm predicting 35 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds from the Slovenian sensation. Kyrie Irving will be looking to get hot from beyond the arc, and I think he'll drop 22 points with 6 assists. And don't count out P.J. Washington, who's been a steady contributor all series. I'm expecting 16 points and 7 rebounds from the stretch four.

In the end, I think the Mavericks have too much firepower at home. Luka and Kyrie will be too much for the Thunder to handle, and the Mavs will take the series 4-2. The Thunder will keep it close, but ultimately fall short in a high-scoring affair. Final score: Mavs 125, Thunder 118.

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