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Oklahoma City opens as favorite

Oddsmakers expect an exciting series between the Thunder and Mavericks.

The Thunder have opened as the early series favorites, coming in at -122 at FanDuel Sportsbook to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

The Mavericks, who knocked off the Clippers in the first round on Friday night, are +100 to beat Oklahoma City.

Vegas bookmakers expect the series to be long as well.

FanDuel has the series game over/under at 5.5, but there is a lot of juice on the Over (-180), indicating the sportsbook expects it to last six or seven games.

It’s easily the tightest series spread of the semifinals — both the Knicks and Nuggets are heavy favorites heading into their matchups against the Pacers and Timberwolves, respectively, and the Celtics will almost certainly be even bigger favorites against the Cavaliers-Magic winner.


Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks during game five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena on May 1, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks during game five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena on May 1, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images

Oklahoma City had Dallas’ number in the regular season, going 3-1 in their four games, although only one of those games featured a healthy Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

Both teams are part of the second tier of title contenders as the NBA enters the second round of the playoffs.

The Thunder, who became the youngest No. 1 seed in NBA history with a 57-win regular season, have the third-best odds to win the championship (+850).


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The Mavericks are a notch lower at +1000, which is tied with the Timberwolves and Knicks for the fourth-best spot on the board at FanDuel.

The Celtics (+120) and Nuggets (+300), who were Finals contenders even before the start of the season, remain head and shoulders above the pack when it comes to their title chances.

The Thunder and Mavericks tip off Tuesday at 9:30 PM ET in Oklahoma City on TNT.