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NBA Finals Early Look: Tatum’s Celtics Favored Over Luka’s Mavericks

After a week of waiting, the NBA Finals matchup is set as expected with the Boston Celtics taking on the Dallas Mavericks. Our sportsbook has the Celtics opening as sizable favorites to win the series at -225.

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NBA Finals Early Look: Tatum’s Celtics Favored Over Luka’s Mavericks
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics/Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

After playing with their food a bit in Game 4, the Mavs finally punched their ticket to the NBA Finals. Fans will have to endure a long layoff as Game 1 does not tip off until Thursday, June 6. Boston is opening as a 6½-point home favorite in Game 1.


The over-under for the number of series games is set at 5½. If you’re banking on a hard-fought series, you can take the over at +150 while the under is set at -180.

Here’s what you need to know about the NBA Finals matchup between the Mavericks and Celtics.


Jayson Tatum Opens as NBA Finals MVP Favorite

Celtics star Jayson Tatum is the NBA Finals MVP favorite in the Las Vegas odds at -120. Dallas’ Luka Doncic is next in line at +200.

Doncic dropped 36 points in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to send the Minnesota Wolves home. Mavs head coach Jason Kidd remains impressed by Doncic’s ability to take his game to another level this postseason.

He let his teammates know that it’s time and they’ve got to take it up a notch,” Kidd noted after the Mavericks advanced to the NBA Finals. “He sent the invites out, and they all came.

If you are looking to play contrarian, each team’s co-stars offer great value. Fans may be surprised to learn that Mavs guard Kyrie Irving has long MVP odds at +1800. Boston’s Jaylen Brown is much closer to the top at +650. Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is expected to return from injury to play in the NBA Finals and has +3500 odds.

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Key Injuries to Watch

The good news is fans should be treated to two teams playing that appear to be close to full strength. Boston is expecting Porzingis to return for Game 1, and it will be worth watching how the big man performs after a long layoff.


Doncic has been battling a gnarly knee injury, but has not missed time during the postseason. The Mavs superstar should benefit from a week of rest. Dallas had a pair of big men return to the court as both Maxi Kleber and Dereck Lively II suited up at the end of the Western Conference finals.


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Mavericks vs Celtics: What to Expect

The matchups to watch involve who the Celtics put on Doncic and Irving defensively. Brown, Tatum and Jrue Holiday give Boston more defensive flexibility.


My sense is this matchup is much closer than the NBA odds indicate. The Celtics may have more defensive firepower to throw at Doncic and Irving. Yet, the way both stars are playing, should make this a must-watch series.




Questions Of The Day

Who is favored to win the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics?

The Boston Celtics are the favorite to win the NBA Finals.

Who is the favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP award?

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is the favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP.

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