Celtics vs Mavericks Prediction NBA Finals Picks 6/9

Celtics vs Mavericks Prediction NBA Finals Picks 6/9

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NBA Finals: Celtics vs. Mavericks Game 2 Preview and Prediction

Boston, MA; June 9, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:00 PM BOS -7.5 (-105) o214.5 (-110) -275
- DAL +7.5 (-105) u214.5 (-110) +225

Game Overview

The Dallas Mavericks (50-32) face the Boston Celtics (64-18) for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on June 9, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST at TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics lead the series 1-0 after a convincing Game 1 victory.

 

Team Statistics

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 26.9 points per game, while Derrick White facilitates the offense with 5.2 assists per game. Boston's balanced scoring attack and solid defense have been key factors in their success.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic continues to shine for the Mavericks, averaging 33.9 points and 9.8 assists per game. Dallas will look to bounce back from their Game 1 loss with a stronger offensive performance.

Injuries and Player Matchups

Both teams are relatively healthy heading into Game 2.

Boston Celtics

No injured players for Boston.

Dallas Mavericks

Greg Brown III remains out for the season.

Recent Performances

Boston Celtics

The Celtics dominated Game 1 with a 107-89 victory, showcasing their defensive prowess and offensive firepower. They will look to maintain their momentum in Game 2.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks struggled in Game 1, failing to match Boston's intensity. However, with their backs against the wall, they will come out strong in Game 2, aiming to even the series.

 

Prediction

For Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the prediction is for the total points to go over 214.5. Here's why:

  • Desperation from Dallas: With the Mavericks trailing in the series and facing a must-win situation, they will adopt an aggressive offensive approach. Expect Luka Doncic and the Mavericks to push the pace and look for scoring opportunities early in the shot clock.
  • Adjustments and Game Pace: Both teams will make adjustments after Game 1, leading to a more dynamic and fast-paced game. Dallas will seek to exploit mismatches and create open looks, resulting in a higher-scoring affair.
  • Offensive Talent: The presence of elite scorers like Doncic and Tatum on the court increases the likelihood of offensive explosions. Both teams possess the firepower to put up points in bunches, contributing to the over.
  • Historical Trends: In high-stakes games like the NBA Finals, teams tend to prioritize offense and take more risks. This trend, combined with the desperation of the Mavericks, suggests a high-scoring game.

Considering these factors, betting on the over of 214.5 points appears to be a favorable option for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Pick: Over 214.5 Points

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