In the first game to tip-off on ESPN Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks will head to the East coast to play the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams played, the Mavericks defeated the Celtics 110-107 on February 23.
The Mavericks are coming into this game off a dominating 127-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. With that win, Dallas snapped their two-game losing streak, which featured back-to-back defeats to the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavs have a record of 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Celtics saw their two-game win streak snapped after losing 115-109 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games, while holding their opponents to 112 points and 45.9% shooting from the field.
Can Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis get their second- straight road win? Or will the Celtics end the month with a victory as they try to keep pace in the East? We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
UPDATE: Jaylen Brown (hip) will play while Robert Williams (illness) has been ruled out.
Mavericks vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Pick ATS: Mavericks +0.5
The line for Wednesday’s primetime game is currently set 0.5 points, with the Celtics being slightly favored at home. Anytime the spread is at one point or lower, it means we are in pick’em territory.
The last time these two teams played the Mavericks only won by three points, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see the line jumping around. Also, both teams have been inconsistent this season. The Mavericks are coming into Wednesday night’s game with a record of 13-11 on the road this season. They are also relatively healthy as they will not be missing any of their key players apart of their rotation. Doncic will be under the spotlight as he goes up against Jayson Tatum. This season, he is averaging 28.5 points, 9.0 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games and also have a record of 4-2 in their last six games against teams from the Atlantic Division. Finally, they are also 13-11 ATS on the road.
As for the Celtics, they might get back Jaylen Brown, who listed as questionable with a hip injury. Brown did not play on Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. This season, he is averaging 24.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. However, if the Celtics do not have Brown, all is not lost, as they still have Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Evan Fournier.
Fournier made his Celtics’ debut against the Pelicans, where he had zero points on 0-of-10 shooting from the field and 0-of-5 shooting from three-point range. The Celtics are 4-2 ATS in their last six games, but has a record of 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams from the Western Conference. The Celtics have fared well at home this season with a record of 12-9 ATS.
Point total: U222.5
Since we only have player props for the Dallas Mavericks, we are going to take a look at the point total for tonight’s game, which is at 222.5. In their last five games, the Mavs have gone over 223.5 points in only two games. Meanwhile, the Celtics have gone over the point total in four out of their last five games. The point total has gone under in six out of Dallas’ last nine games. And for the Celtics, the point total has gone under in four of their last five home games.
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