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The Dallas Mavericks will look to get off the mat down 0-2 as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of their NBA playoff series on Thursday night. The Thunder and Mavericks will begin from Dallas at 9:30PM Eastern Time and TNT is where you can watch this NBA game live over television.

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The current odds posted at Oddsmaker has the home squad Dallas Mavericks the -3 ½ point favorite with the total coming in at 194 ½ points. Those who bet on the Dallas Mavericks on the money line will have to lay -165 odds. If you believe the road team Oklahoma City Thunder can take the commanding 3-0 series lead tonight with an outright win in Dallas in game three can get back +145 odds for their money line wager.

The story in this western conference quarterfinal playoff series is how competitive the Dallas Mavericks have been in the first two games played on the Oklahoma City home court. Game one saw Dallas fall one point short on a Kevin Durant game winning shot in the final seconds. In game two the Mavericks dropped a three point decision to OKC. Dallas has blown late fourth quarter leads in both games in this playoff series to the Thunder. Dallas shot 43.6% from the floor in game one and just 41.8% in game two in those close losses.

Even with no Tyson Chandler anymore in the Mavericks middle the Mavs were somehow able to win the rebounding battle in both contests against the Thunder. We have seen a more physical style of play from the Thunder in the playoffs. Kendrick Perkins was the goat in the Thunder Western conference finals series defeat to Dallas last year for not being more of a force offensively on the glass and defensively. Perkins in game two had 13 points with four of five shooting and six rebounds but more importantly brought a more physical presence to the court delivering hard fouls and trying to make an impact in the paint for the Thunder. It would not surprise me a bit if Perkins tries to see how far he can go in these playoffs playing this style and may be working his way towards a one game suspension at some point in this postseason.

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