Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s NBA clash. Can the Boston Celtics follow up their impressive win over Miami? Or will the Dallas Mavericks claim another home win? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Not a lot of people expected it, but the Boston Celtics ran past the Miami Heat on Thursday 95-78 in what was their most impressive win of the season so far. Sitting at just 4-5 to start the year, they’ve underachieved a bit, however there is still times to overturn things and find consistency. They’ve consolidated their defense and have held their last two opponents to just 72 and 78 points marking the first time since 2018 they’ve been able to hold teams to under 80 points in two straight games. Oddly enough Jayson Tatum struggled in that game with just 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting. His back-court mate Jaylen Brown also didn’t have the best of games with 17 points on 5-for-14 shooting, but regardless they were still able to get it done. Boston has a good record against Dallas, they’ve beaten them 7 times in the last 10 meetings.
Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Odds
Dallas occupies first place in their division at 5-3, but they’ve been hardly convincing against the spread this season covering just twice in 8 games. Their point differential is -41 due to a couple of heavy losses earlier in the season. They did get some good news prior to this game as Kristaps Porzingis is returning to the line-up. It’ll be interesting to see how the team reacts to him, he should be a boost to their offensive efforts. Dallas has issues covering the spread in home games as well, they are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games played there, this isn’t really surprising considering they find themselves in the bottom 3rd in almost every offensive category there is.
After they clean up their act defensively, the Boston Celtics have shown they can be a dangerous team. Dallas has had major issues scoring the ball, especially Luka Doncic who has been hit with the new rules. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Celtics put the clamps on this one and get away with another important away win. Back Boston and the extra points.
Celtics +4.5 Point Spread available at 10/11 odds on bet365!
It’s never good when an entire offense depends so much on just one player and that’s exactly the problem the Mavericks have this season. Doncic is still adjusting to the new rule changes regarding how fouls are called and his numbers are way down compared to last year. Aside from rebounding, this team really struggles to find the net and with Boston’s resurrection on defense in the past two games I’m not so sure they’ll even crack the 100 point mark tonight. The under has landed 7 times in the last 10 meetings and the two teams have averaged just 207.7 points per game between them. I think the smart play here would be to back the under tonight.
Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction & Pick
Under 210 Total Points available at 10/11 odds at bet365!