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2021 NBA Handicapping
(24-21) Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics (23-24)
Date: Wednesday, March 31st
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 225.5
On Wednesday, March 31st the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics meet for the second time this season. The initial meeting on February 23rd was won by Dallas 110-107.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 42 in 79 meetings. Last season, the teams played twice with Boston taking both contests.
Luka Doncic returned to the Mavericks lineup after sitting out the last two games due to lower back stiffness and his presence was immediately felt as Dallas ended their two-game losing skid.
In fairness, the Mavs were facing an undermanned Oklahoma City Thunder team absent their cornerstone Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, defensive stopper Luguentz Dort as well as Al Horford who the team has decided to shut down for the season.
Still, if you’ve caught any of the Thunder games this season you know this team doesn’t care who is on the court they compete and compete hard having upset some of the elite teams in the league with their end-of-bench rotation.
Rick Carlisle, however, had his crew ready and focused as they jumped out to an early nine-point lead in the first and opened up the gap in the third frame with another nine-point differential to build a 17-point lead allowing them to sail to the victory.
Doncic led the way with 25 points, seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals. Kristaps Porzingis was a rebound shy of a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points and Dorian Finney-Smith pitched in 12 points as the other double-figure contributors.
In his debut with the Mavs since being traded at the deadline, Nicolo Melli played 11 minutes registering six points and three rebounds.
Willie Cauley-Stein (health and safety protocols) missed his sixth game and remains day-to-day as does Tyrell Terry (personal).
J.J. Redick will remain out at least a week healing from a surgical procedure to his heel.
A 13-0 run to cut the lead to three on Monday wasn’t enough to overcome the Pelicans as the Celtics lost on Monday.
Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston with 34 points and nine rebounds. Kemba Walker scored 23 but his perimeter shot was cold (0 for 6) as were the Celtics who shot 32.6% from deep (14 of 43).
Robert Williams was active with seven points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three blocked shots. Marcus Smart scored 15 points but ended up ejected late in the game when frustration boiled over for the enigmatic guard.
Payton Pritchard chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds. Several players added at the trade deadline made their TD Garden debuts including Mo Wagner (1 point), Luke Kornet (10 points), and Evan Fournier who was held scoreless on 0 for 10 shooting.
Romeo Langford and Tristan Thompson (protocols) and Jaylen Brown (hip) all missed the match Monday and are listed as day-to-day.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 12 of Dallas” last 17 games.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
These teams both offer young talents and have each struggled to find consistency this season but the Mavericks are the club looking more likely to make a strong run down the stretch.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +1.5
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