2021-02-24
Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks
League : NBA

Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics Prediction & Preview



 

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The Boston Celtics travel to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, to battle the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 pm EST. The Celtics are favored by 1.5-points while the total stands at 225.5-points, up from 223.5-points at the opening.

The Celtics have dropped 4 of their last 6, overall, as they could not cure their current ills in their last matchup on the road versus the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday night. And while Boston went into the final period up by 13-points, they were outscored 34-21 in the 4th while being edged in the overtime period to drop their 15th-game of the year. Boston failed to cover as 2.5-point favorites and are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 outings.

The Mavericks ended a 4-game win streak when they fell at home by 3-points to the Portland Trail Blazers on February 14th. The contest was a back and forth affair throughout with each team dominating 2 of 4 quarters. Portland went up early by 9-points after a quarter while being outscored 36-24 in the 2nd. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers outscored Dallas 45-30 to take a 12-point lead only to post 18 points in the final period en route to their 15th loss on the year. They also failed to cover as 5.5-point favorites and are only 2-6 ATS in their last 6 outings.

Dallas has not had much success versus the Celtics in recent outings (3-7 SU in last 10) as they are just 1-3 SU in their last 4 at the American Airlines Center. Boston has also dominated against the spread versus the Mavericks going 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings while covering in 3 of their last 5 in Dallas.

 

Boston desperately seeking some momentum

The Celtics were looking well on both ends of the floor in the 1st-half versus the Pelicans going up by 16 points at the break. However, they allowed New Orleans to rally in the 2nd to force overtime where the Pelicans were able to finish off the Celtics by 5-points thanks to a 30+ point night from Brandon Ingram along with a double-double from Zion Williamson. Jayson Tatum along with Jaylen Brown had monster games as usual with 32 and 25 points, respectively. On the other hand, they went a combined 17-47 from the field along with missing 11 of their 17 attempts from long-range.

 

Kemba Walker had 14 points in the contest, but, shot even worse at 5-21 on the night while missing 11 of 12 treys. The guard is shooting only 37% from the floor on the year along with 35% from deep for a Celtics team that is posting a tad over 110 points per game on 46% shooting (37% 3FG). However, it should be mentioned that Walker was on fire in his last matchup versus the Mavericks posting 32 points while accounting for 5 of the team's 12 3-pointers.

Brown and Tatum also had solid performances with 26 and 24 points, with both flirting with double-doubles. The trio were the only double-digit scorers for Boston as the team shot just 41% from the floor during the contest while committing 15 turnovers, 7 total by Walker and Brown.

 

Porzingis questionable with back injury

Kristaps Porzingis was just beginning to hit his stride after re-joining the lineup from injury as the center not only increased his scoring averages, but, recorded 4 double-doubles in his last 8 starts. However, Porzingis is back on the injured list with a back injury and may miss his 2nd-straight due to being questionable for this contest. In his place, however, Luca Doncic has had to step up even more on the offensive end posting 40 or more in 2 of the team's last 3 outings. Furthermore, Tim Hardaway, Jr. is shooting a solid 40% from long-range on the season and is coming off a 29 point performance in the team's win over the Grizzlies Monday night.

 

Jalen Brunson has continued to provide solid minutes off the bench for Dallas as he is averaging over 16 points per in his last 4 games. For the season, the guard is shooting over 52% from the floor along with 39% from deep. Brunson recorded a double-double in Dallas' last matchup versus the Celtics with 10 points and 11 dimes; Yet, the guard shot just 4-13 from the field while missing 4 of 6 shots from the arc.

Hardaway, Jr. struggled as well (4-17 FG/3-10 3FG) as he finished with 13 points as the Mavericks shot 39% as a team along with 15-43 from 3-point range in the 6-point home loss.






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