Check out our free Celtics vs Mavericks pick and preview for this NBA game in Dallas. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Celtics vs Mavericks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks
- Where: Dallas at American Airlines Center
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds DAL +2, BOS -132 | DAL +108 O/U 230.0
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-12. So far, the team has gone 20-17-1 against the spread. The Celtics come into the game in the middle of a 2 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -22.5 points per contest.
The Celtics are coming off a disappointing 150-117 loss to the Thunder. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 11 points. In the defeat, Boston did not outscore the Thunder in a single quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Jaylen Brown, as he contributed 29 points while hitting 61.1% of his shots.
The Mavericks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-16. So far, the team has gone 13-23-2 against the spread. Dallas comes into the game having rattled off 7 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 6.57 points per game
The Mavericks are coming off a 111-106 win over the Rockets. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 7 point favorites. Dallas pulled out the win despite trailing by 11 points in the half. The team was able to trim down the Rockets lead down to 4 heading into the 4th quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Luka Doncic, as he contributed 39 points while hitting 38.5% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Celtics saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Mavericks, averaging 98.0 points per game. Like the Celtics, the Mavericks scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 101.0 points per game vs Boston. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Celtics and Mavericks have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just 0 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Dallas. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 214 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Celtics offense is rated 1st in the league in scoring, averaging 118.6 points per contest. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.6 made 3’s per game. A key to the team’s offensive success is their ability to knock down outside shots, as they are ranked 2nd in 3-point shots made per game. Their overall offensive numbers could go up if they begin to play at a faster pace. So far, they are below the league average in possessions per contest.
Against the Mavericks, the Celtics will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 1st ranked unit at 104.48 points per game.
This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 36 games, Tatum is 5th in the NBA at 30.8 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 48% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 58.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 7.1 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.3 assists.
The Mavericks come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 112.6 points per game. One area that the Dallas offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.1 made free-throws per contest. Dallas is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.
Defensively, the Mavericks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.72 points per contest (2nd).
This season, the Mavericks offense has primarily worked through Luka Doncic and Christian Wood who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 35 games, Doncic is 1st in the NBA at 34.3 points per game. So far, him and Wood have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 52.099999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Christian Wood is grabbing 7.9 rebounds for Dallas to go along with 1.6 assists.
Celtics vs Mavericks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -2.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under 230.0