The Boston Celtics (33-10) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (24-18) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and televised on NBCS. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Mavericks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rockets. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Celtics vs Mavericks
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 for Boston against the Rockets which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 43.9%. Derrick White also contributed 21 points as the Celtics won by a score of 116-107 vs. the Rockets.
As the Celtics get ready for today’s game, they have an overall record of 33-10 and have gone 2-1 over their last three games. When looking at their 43 games, the Celtics are 23-6 against other Eastern Conference teams and 10-4 in non-conference play.
Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 20-21 so far this season. In their last two games as favorites, the Celtics have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 2-1 against the spread when they are underdogs.
The Mavericks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Mavericks were defeated by the Lakers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 127-110. the Mavericks not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +3 point underdogs. In terms of the over/under, the combined 237 points was below the over/under line of 245.
Coming into today’s game, the Mavericks are 24-18 overall. Over their last three games, the Mavericks are 1-2. On the road, the Mavericks are 11-9 compared to their 13-9 record at home this season.
In terms of the spread, Dallas currently holds an ATS record of 23-19, which is above .500. In their last two games as favorites, the Mavericks have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 8-9 against the spread when they are underdogs.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Celtics are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 120.3 points per game (4th).
This season, the Celtics are one of the top three-point shooting teams in the NBA, averaging 16.2 made threes per game (1st). However, they are just 15th in field goal percentage (47%) and 21st in assists (25.6 per game).
On the road, Boston is scoring 117.9 points per game, which is 7th in the league. Overall, they are 4th in scoring at 120.3 points per game. In terms of pace, the Celtics are 17th in the NBA.
When it comes to two-point shooting, Boston is 5th in the league at 56%. However, they are just 29th in two-pointers made and 30th in two-point attempts. From the free-throw line, the Celtics are 16th in made free throws (18 per game).
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Dallas is averaging 118.5 points per contest. This figure places them 7th in the league.
At home, the Mavericks are averaging 120.7 points per game, which is 7th in the NBA. Overall, they are 7th in the league in scoring at 118.5 points per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Dallas is 2nd in both attempts (41.1) and makes (15.1) per game. However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 36% (15th).
So far this season, the Mavericks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 57.1% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 17th in the league at 47%.
Celtics Team Defense
Currently, the Celtics’ defense holds the 4th rank in the NBA, allowing 110.6 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Celtics are forcing 12.1 per game, which is 7th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 1st in blocked shots at 6.4 per game.
Mavericks Team Defense
So far, the Mavericks’ defense is ranked 20th in the league at 117.4 points per contest. The Dallas defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 48.2% of their field goal attempts vs. Dallas.
Key Players For The Celtics And Mavericks
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Jayson Tatum will be the primary scorer for the Celtics, with 25 points and going 9/18 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.7 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds.
As for Dallas, Luka Doncic is projected to be the primary scorer for the Mavericks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 32, and adding 8 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.5%, and his scoring average is 33.6 points per game.
Celtics vs Mavericks Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Celtics have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 107 points per game in these contests.
- In their last three games at home, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 110 points per game in these contests.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 5-5 and an ATS mark of 6-4.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Boston has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 7-3 straight up.
For a point-spread bet in this Celtics vs. Mavericks matchup, we’re leaning towards the Mavericks at +3. Although our projections show the Celtics winning 116-114, we suggest placing your bet on the Mavericks for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 240.5 and given that our model is projecting 230 points between the teams, we like the under.
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