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Mavericks vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics
  • Where: Boston at TD Garden
  • Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
  • Betting Odds BOS -4.5, DAL +144 | BOS -177 O/U 218.5

The Mavericks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 9-7. So far, the team has gone 4-11-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Dallas has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.

In their previous game, the Mavericks were favored to win vs the Nuggets. However, their 98-97 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Dallas let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Josh Green, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 88.9% of his shots.

The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-4. So far, the team has gone 9-8-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Boston has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.

In their previous game, the Celtics were favored to win vs the Bulls. However, their 121-107 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Boston struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 13 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 47.4% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

This season, the Mavericks will look to continue their strong play over Boston, as they won both of last year’s matchups. Dallas won game 1 of the series by a score of 107-95, and wrapped up the head-to-head meetings with a 107-104 victory. Last year, the Mavericks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Celtics, averaging 101.0 points per game. Like the Mavericks, the Celtics scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 98.0 points per game vs Dallas. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Mavericks and Celtics have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just 1 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Dallas. Dallas and Boston averaged a combined 209 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 0-5.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Dallas offense is ranked 25th in the NBA in scoring at 109.1 points per game. So far, the Mavericks are averaging 95.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Mavericks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 14th in effective field goal percentage.

Defensively, the Mavericks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.72 points per contest (2nd).

Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Spencer Dinwiddie who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 17.06 points per game. At the time of this article, Dinwiddie is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 9th on the team in usage rate and is 127th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Dallas benefit from having both of their top scorers as Luka Doncic leads the team and is 1st in the league in scoring (33.47). For today’s matchup, he will be going against a defense ranked 10th in points allowed to point-guards.

Through 17 games, Boston is the 2nd best scoring team at 119.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.7 per contest. Despite playing at a slow pace compared to other teams, Boston still ranks 9th in made field goals per game.

So far, the Celtics have played well defensively, as they are ranked 1st in the league at 104.48 points per contest.

One situation to keep an eye on leading up to the game is the availability of Jayson Tatum, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch available as Tatum leads the team in scoring at 30.18 points per game while Brown is 2nd at 25.25. For the season, Tatum is 17th in the NBA in usage rate and 21st in player efficiency. Behind him, Brown has taken 22.4% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 48.7%.

Mavericks vs Celtics Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Mavericks +4.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 218.5

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