Mavericks vs Celtics Prediction Game 3 NBA Finals Picks 6/12

Mavericks vs Celtics Prediction Game 3 NBA Finals Picks 6/12

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NBA Finals - Mavericks vs Celtics Game 3 Preview and Prediction

Celtics lead series 2-0

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total Moneyline
5:30 PM BOS +2.5 (-110) o212.5 (-110) +120
- DAL -2.5 (-110) u212.5 (-105) -140

Game Overview

The Boston Celtics (64-18) take on the Dallas Mavericks (50-32) in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 12, 2024, at 5:30 PM EST at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.

Team Statistics

Boston Celtics

Leading with 26.9 points per game, Jayson Tatum has been a force for the Celtics, supported by Derrick White's 5.2 assists per game. Boston's balanced attack and solid defense have propelled them to a 2-0 series lead.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic, averaging 33.9 points and 9.8 assists per game, remains the focal point for the Mavericks. With the series slipping away, Dallas seeks to capitalize on home court advantage and turn the tide.

Injuries and Player Matchups

Both teams face key uncertainties.

Boston Celtics

Kristaps Porzingis is listed as game-time decision.

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic is questionable for Game 3, adding to the Mavericks' challenge. Greg Brown III remains out for the season.

Recent Performances

Boston Celtics

Boston continues their strong form, winning Games 1 and 2 convincingly. They aim to maintain momentum on the road.

Dallas Mavericks

Struggling in the first two games, the Mavericks face a critical juncture. They must rally at home to keep their championship hopes alive.

Prediction

For Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the prediction is for the Dallas Mavericks to cover the spread of -2.5. Here's why:

  • Urgency for Dallas: Down 0-2 in the series, the Mavericks are desperate for a win. Playing at home, they'll be highly motivated to avoid falling into a deeper hole.
  • Home Court Advantage: Dallas has performed better at home throughout the season. With the support of their fans, they're poised to elevate their game and seize the opportunity.
  • Luka Doncic's Impact: If Doncic plays, his presence significantly boosts the Mavericks' chances. His ability to control the game and make big plays could tilt the outcome in Dallas' favor.
  • Adjustments: Expect adjustments from the Mavericks after analyzing the first two games. They'll refine their strategy to exploit weaknesses and counter the Celtics' strengths.

Considering these factors, betting on the Mavericks to cover the -2.5 spread appears favorable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Pick: Mavericks -2.5

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