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NBA Finals Mavs Vs Celtics Betting Trends, Odds Analysis Heading Into Game 2

So much for Kyrie Irving’s revenge series starting out with a bang huh? After drawing first blood at home at TD Garden in dominant form Thursday night, the Boston Celtics are ready to go for another gut punch to the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night at 8:00 PM ET when game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals kicks off.

Will the Celtics continue their dominance on their home court, or can Irving, Doncic, and the Mavs steal a crucial Game 2 win? With ABC slated to broadcast the game nationally at 8:00 PM ET, we’re breaking down the latest NBA Finals odds, analyzing key matchups and trends, and bringing you any and all betting info to make sure you score big come Sunday night.

NBA Finals Mavs Vs. Celtics Betting Trends, Odds Analysis Heading Into Game 2
The Mavericks face an uphill battle in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but can they shock the world and defeat the favored Celtics?

 

Game 2 NBA Finals Odds Analysis: Celtics Favored, But Can Mavericks Pull Off Upset?

Coming into game 2, Boston is sitting rather comfortably as seven-point favorites, but, as we all know, upsets are always right around the corner, and I’m pretty sure Kyrie and Luka are not in any mood to take the series back home to Dallas being 2-0 down.

So, who’s taking game 2, and where are the best chances to make bank? Let’s get right into all the hype behind game 2 of the NBA finals.

 

Mavericks Vs Celtics Game 2 Betting Odds

  • Spread: Celtics -7
  • Money Line: Celtics -260
  • Total: 214.5

 

Mavericks Vs Celtics Game 1 Recap: Did Boston Prove They’re the Real Deal?

Not only did the Celtics win Game 1, they took Dallas out and left them scrambling for any and all answers available to what hit them Thursday night.

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t even close. Boston flexed its offensive and defensive muscles, led by a rejuvenated Kristaps Porzingis, who looked like his old self after a 10-game hiatus. KP poured in 20 points and made his presence felt on both ends of the floor.

But it wasn’t just the Unicorn show in Boston. The Celtics had five other players hitting double digits, showcasing the offensive depth that makes them so dangerous. Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown did their thing, while Derrick White, Jrue Holiday, and Al Horford chipped in with crucial contributions. They shot lights out, controlled the boards, and basically made life miserable for the Mavs.

Speaking of misery, the Mavs looked downright lost at times. Doncic put up his usual numbers, but with only one assist, it was clear the Mavs’ offense was out of sync. Kyrie Irving, well, let’s just say he had an off night. The Mavs couldn’t buy a bucket from deep, and their usually potent offense sputtered like a jalopy on its last legs.

So, what went wrong for Dallas? Kyrie’s shooting woes were certainly a factor, but the lack of ball movement was the real killer. They looked like a team of strangers playing pickup at the YMCA, not a championship contender.And those bricks from downtown? Yikes. Let’s just hope they can bring their shooting touch for game 2

Bottom line: the Celtics sent a message loud and clear with their Game 1 beatdown.But hey, it’s just one game.The Mavs have a knack for bouncing back, and a little desperation might be just what they need.

 

The Celtics and Mavericks have consistently exceeded expectations when it comes to offensive firepower. Boston has surpassed the projected total of 214.5 points in 80% of their games this season. Dallas isn’t far behind, with 83% of their matchups hitting the over. On average, these two teams combine for a whopping 238.5 points per game, a full 24 points above the current total.

Even when facing other opponents, both the Celtics and Mavs have seen their rivals exceed the 214.5-point mark. In fact, opponents of these two teams average a combined 224.8 points per game, suggesting that the Game 2 total might be set too low. With Kyrie and Luka gunning for a dominant comeback before taking the series back to Dallas, expect an offensive shootout on Sunday night.

Still, though, don’t forget about the Celtics’ dominance throughout the season. Boston has been favored in most of its games this season and has won nearly 80% of the time. Against Dallas specifically, they boast a perfect 3-0 record, both straight up and ATS. While the Mavs have shown they have that dog in them as underdogs, history suggests that the Celtics have the upper hand in this matchup.

 

In game 1, the Celtics showed they have one of the best offensive lineups in the league, backing up stats like Jayson Tatum’s 26.9 points per game and Jaylen Brown’s scoring prowess and defensive contributions.

Derrick White and Kristaps Porzingis, who by far was Boston’s most dominant player in game 1, provide additional scoring punch, while Jrue Holiday adds a well-rounded presence with his ability to score, rebound, and distribute the ball. This multi-faceted attack makes the Celtics a difficult team to defend.

But don’t you dare underestimate Dallas here. It comes as no surprise that Doncic has been a one-man wrecking crew all throughout the season, averaging a near triple-double with 33.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per game. With Irving adding another layer of offensive firepower, averaging 25.6 points per game and shooting efficiently from the field and beyond the arc this season, his game 1 performance can be taken as a small hiccup.

Lastly, Daniel Gafford and P.J. Washington offer valuable contributions on both ends of the floor, rounding out a Mavericks team that’s capable of lighting up the scoreboard.

 

Final Thoughts Before Game 2

While Boston’s Game 1 dub might have them sitting pretty, the NBA Finals are far from over. Dallas has a knack for defying expectations, and with Doncic at the helm, they’re always a threat. Game 2 is set to be a banger, and we can’t wait to see how the Mavs respond to this early adversity, especially considering Kyrie needs this series to go his way.

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