Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 5 (1/5): NBA

Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 5 (1/5): NBA

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Celtics money line -145
Celtics spread -2 (-110)
Mavericks money line +105
Mavericks spread +2 (-110)
Over / under 230

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Record 26-12 22-16
Road / home record 11-7 15-5
Streak L2 W7
Points per game 118.00 112.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 110.00
Rebounds per game 43.00 38.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 43.00
Over / under record 19-18-1 22-16
 

Preview

The Boston Celtics continue on the road and will visit the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night. These teams already faced each other earlier this season in Boston where the Celtics won 125-122 and covered the spread as -6 points favorites.  

 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics get here with a 26-12 record overall and are 11-7 on the road ranking 1st in the Atlantic division. Boston ranks third in the Eastern Conference shooting 37.3% from downtown. Al Horford leads the Celtics shooting 44.4% from 3-point range.

Jayson Tatum is scoring 30.9 points per game and averaging 8.1 rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Boston.

In their last 10 games, the Celtics are 5-5, averaging 116.5 points, 47.0 rebounds, 26.2 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.9 points.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks get here with a 22-16 record and are 15-5 at home so far this season ranking 3rd in the Southwest. Dallas is 7-5 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

Luka Doncic averages 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Mavericks, scoring 34.3 points while shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc. Christian Wood is shooting 52.2% and averaging 17.7 points over the last 10 games for Dallas.

In their last 10 games the Mavericks are 8-2, averaging 116.7 points, 39.6 rebounds, 22.5 assists, 6.0 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.2 points per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Boston are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.

Boston are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Dallas.

Boston are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

Boston are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games when playing on the road against Dallas.

Dallas are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas' last 5 games.

Dallas are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas' last 6 games against Boston.

 

Prediction

The Celtics have struggled in their current road trip as they have lost the first 2 games and got destroyed by the Thunder 150-117. The Mavericks are on a hot streak but they have faced teams with losing records mostly and already lost against the Celtics earlier this season. The Mavs are a tough team to beat at home and have won their last 4 games there and with the Celtics struggling I expect a very close game. In the last 10 head to head games the average score is 107-104 favoring the Celtics so I'm going with the under on this one. 

 

PICK: Under 230 (-110)

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