The Dallas Mavericks vs. OKC Thunder live stream online and televised 2016 NBA playoffs matchup brings Game 1 to Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday evening. The Thunder bring their 4-0 season series record to this particular battle which will feature the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds of the Western Conference. It also features two former NBA MVPs doing battle, as well as at least a few future Hall of Famers. Will Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs be able to contend with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and the Thunder, or will Oklahoma City be too much for them to handle? Tonight’s NBA playoffs live streaming and televised game coverage comes via the ESPN networks for fans to watch.
According to USA Today in their April 14 series preview, OKC brings a lineup featuring two of the best players on the planet, who combine to average 51.7 points per game. Westbrook has shown his prowess as a triple-double machine this past season, tying Magic Johnson for third on the most triple-doubles in a season behind two season by Wilt Chamberlain. Kevin Durant is averaging 28.2 points per game, which ranks him behind scoring leader Stephen Curry and former teammate James Harden. The two have been doing major damage once again this season, with Durant healthy and his team looking to disprove the doubters that the Thunder are a legitimate title contender this postseason. They begin their quest against a team that won the championship several seasons ago, the Dallas Mavericks. However, a lot has changed since that squad hoisted the trophy with a win over the Miami Heat.
Not many of the components for that title-winning squad remain in tact for this year’s Mavs. Dirk Nowitzki continues to lead the way with 18 points per game on average and is joined by talented playmaker Derron Williams and forward Chandler Parsons. The Mavs went just 42-40 this past season, but still have the ability to make a bit of noise in this series. It will be as easy as containing the Oklahoma City Thunder’s two hot scoring options in Durant and Westbrook, which is easier said than done. While Dallas was unable to win any games against OKC this past season, two of their losses came by three points each. The most recent, a 109-106 home loss on Jan. 22, saw Chandler Parsons lead all scorers with 26 points and the Mavs were able to force 14 turnovers by the Thunder compared to just eight themselves.
Just like the Warriors and Spurs in the West, Oklahoma City also finds themselves a double-digit favorite to start their first round series. The current point spread has the Thunder as 12-point favorites, with a price of -950 on the moneyline. Dallas, the 12-point underdog is priced at +625 on the road. Of note, the Mavs have been 19-16-1 ATS as an underdog this season, but 18-22-1 against the spread on the road. The over/under total is 206 points for the complete game. On the future odds to win the NBA Finals, Oklahoma City ranks fourth behind Cleveland, San Antonio and Golden State. The Thunder have odds of 15 to 1 to win it all right now, with Dallas more of a longshot at 500 to 1 odds. Only Memphis (1000 to 1) ranks below the Mavs in terms of potential to win the championship this postseason.
Saturday’s Game 1 of the Dallas Mavs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 2016 NBA Playoffs series will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The live televised game coverage will be available for United States viewers to watch on their applicable ESPN channel. To watch this game live streaming online, U.S. cable and satellite viewers can use their WatchESPN apps or website. A free way to watch tonight’s game is to sign up for a 7-day trial of Sling TV which includes ESPN and TNT among its main channel package. Live audio commentary of this game is available to Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners on channel 207 or Internet channel 900 starting at 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.