Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Predictions, Money Line & Picks
- The Boston Celtics have alternated wins and losses over their last five games.
- The Dallas Mavericks look to begin another win-streak, as their most recent loss cut their last streak short of five.
- It’s a matchup between some of the best wing players in the world as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown face Luka Doncic!
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Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Predictions and Picks
The Dallas Mavericks are a formidable team, but the Celtics’ two-way potential is high. Dallas may be able to score with Boston, but the Celtics have the defensive edge. We expect a high-scoring game.
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How to Watch Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks
|Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Information|
|What||Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks|
|Where||American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas|
|When||7:30 PM EST, February 23rd, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks
|Boston Celtics||Head-to-Head||Dallas Mavericks|
|Brad Stevens||Head Coach||Rick Carlisle|
|15-15 (6th in East)||Standing||13-15 (10th in West)|
|112.2 (15th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.6 (10th of 30)|
|111.1 (14th of 30)||Def Rtg||115.4 (27th of 30)|
|98.4 (23rd of 30)||Pace||99.0 (19th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Tatum (26.0)||PPG||L. Doncic (29.1)|
|T. Thompson (8.2)||RPG||L. Doncic (8.6)|
|M. Smart (6.1)||APG||L. Doncic (9.4)|
|M. Smart (1.8)||SPG||L. Doncic, D. Finney-Smith (1.0)|
|R. Williams (1.4)||BPG||K. Porzingis (1.6)|
|R. Williams (.725)/J. Brown (9.6)||FG%/FGM||W. Cauley-Stein (.626)/L. Doncic (10.0)|
|J. Teague (.421)/J. Tatum (2.8)||3P%/3PM||M. Kleber (.453)/T. Hardaway (3.1)|
Boston Must Sort Their Defence
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has shown himself more than capable of managing a squad of lesser-known players to success. However, the Celtics’ current lack of depth, along with new contributors, are failing them defensively.
In their last game, an overtime loss to the Pelicans, the Celtics were outscored by 13 in the fourth quarter. Forcing overtime, where they eventually lost the game.
In order to beat Dallas, Boston needs a concentrated defensive effort for all four quarters. They are certainly missing Marcus Smart, but as young leaders, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can’t lead the Celtics on just the offensive end.
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Dallas’ Playmaking is Still One-Dimensional
The Dallas Mavericks are dependent on Luka Doncic to a fault. While he is a brilliant player, their inability to create without him on the court is an issue.
In their last match against the Portland Trail Blazers, Doncic had nine assists. The only Mavericks near to him in the assist column were Josh Richardson and Trey Burke with three each.
With Porzingis likely unavailable for this game, so the Mavericks will need to find more from the likes of Brunson, Richardson, and Burke.
Celtics Key Player: (G) Jaylen Brown
Tatum dime to Jaylen Brown 😯
This sequence was wild pic.twitter.com/t4dlnIUmcb
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 17, 2021
Jaylen Brown has emerged as an impressive scoring threat for the Boston Celtics. However, to beat the Mavericks, efficiency is just as important.
In his last game against the Pelicans, Brown had 25 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Despite an impressive scoring line, he was just seven of 23 from the field.
In order to take down the Mavericks, Brown can’t afford to be wasteful with his opportunities. He’ll need to be just as productive on the defensive side as he is on offence.
Mavericks Key Player: (G) Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic gets Jonas Valanciunas with this nasty ball fake 😱
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 23, 2021
Luka Doncic may be a humble young man, but his game is anything but humble. An All-Star starter and one of the most prolific players in the NBA, Doncic’s success is equal to the Mavericks’.
In his last game, a loss against the Trail Blazers, Doncic posted 44 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
He’ll be depended on even more than usual to beat the Trail Blazers. Against one of the league’s more solid defences, he should be able to find his offence. But creating for his teammates will be just as important.