- Mavericks: Role Player Inconsistencies
- Celtics: Defensive Questions
- Mavericks vs Celtics Game Injuries
- Mavericks vs Celtics Head-to-Head
- Mavericks vs Celtics Game Information
- Mavericks vs Celtics Betting Lines
- Mavericks vs Celtics Picks & Prediction
- Mavericks vs Celtics Trends
- Mavericks vs Celtics Edge
- Mavericks vs Celtics Results
- Mavericks vs Celtics Game Summary
The game between the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics will feature two players crucial to the future of the NBA. Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum have already achieved a great deal before they turn 25 and are looking like early MVP candidates.
The Mavericks (9-7) played two straight games with the Denver Nuggets, who were without Nikola Jokic, winning the first game in a blowout before losing the second 98-97. A nine-game win streak ended for the Celtics (13-4) in their last game, losing to the Chicago Bulls 121-107.
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Mavericks: Role Player Inconsistencies
Despite the winning record, the Dallas Mavericks seem all over the place from game to game. They have had trouble getting the team going, even Doncic.
Take these last two games against the Nuggets as an example. In the first one, Doncic went off with a 33-point triple-double and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 points. Off the bench, Christian Wood added 28 points and eight rebounds. The defense played well, but holding the Jokic-less Nuggets to 99 points isn’t that impressive.
In the next game against the Nuggets, the defense held a still Jokic-less team to 98 points. However, Doncic could only score 22 points while the rest of the supporting cast crumbled. Wood and Dinwiddie combined for 16 points while Josh Green led the team in scoring from the bench with 23.
In the Mavericks’ losses, there is a telling connection to Doncic’s stats – scoring 8.3 points per game fewer as well as a 15% drop in his field goal percentage. Without his scoring, his teammates can’t create shots for themselves.
Celtics: Defensive Questions
The Celtics‘ offense has been remarkable. Even in the loss to the Bulls, it could get what it wanted, to some extent. It lacked the typical support from the role players as much of the scoring came from Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Malcolm Brogdon, who combined for 76 points.
As a team, the Celtics took 50 threes, making 38%, which has been what the team wants: scoring primarily from behind the arc and in the paint. That game plan has worked as they only scored less than 115 points once in the recent nine-game winning streak.
Overall, the defense has not lived up to what it had been last season. The Celtics allowed the fewest points per game and had the second-best defensive rating last season, but they have dropped to 14th in points allowed and have the 10th-worst defensive rating. It is a massive shift in the style of play, possibly due to the absence of Robert Williams, who has yet to play while recovering from knee surgery.
That lack of defense puts Boston in a challenging position because when the offense stumbles just a little, it can be enough to turn into a loss.
Mavericks vs Celtics Game Injuries
Mavericks vs Celtics Head-to-Head
The Mavericks are currently on a four-game winning streak against the Celtics. Last season, both games were decided by three points.
Mavericks vs Celtics Game Information
- Game: Mavericks (9-7) vs Celtics (13-4)
- Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. EST
- Mavericks vs Celtics Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Mavericks vs Celtics Betting Lines
Mavericks vs Celtics Picks & Prediction
The Mavericks and Celtics each look to bounce back after a loss that highlighted their weaknesses. In a nationally televised game, Doncic and Tatum should put on a show.
However, the Celtics’ defensive issues seem less significant than the lack of support for Doncic. They have been able to win more consistently and look to get a win against the Mavericks for the first time in two seasons. It will likely be a close game, much like last season.
The Boston Celtics are listed at -190 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Celtics, you have a chance to win $53. The Dallas Mavericks is +163, offering a chance to win $163 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Boston Celtics a 65.52% chance to win, with the Dallas Mavericks at 38.02%.