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Mavs Vs. Celtics NBA Finals Game 5 Odds, Betting Trends

In a bid to clinch their 18th NBA championship, the Boston Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Mavericks are looking to build on their momentum after a dominating 122-84 win in the last meeting on June 15th. Luka Doncic led the way for Dallas with 29 points, while Jayson Tatum struggled for Boston with just 15 points. One positive about getting routed on Friday night was that the Boston Celtics can celebrate another NBA Title in front of the home fans when they host the Dallas Mavericks for Game 5 of the Finals.

 

Mavs Vs. Celtics NBA Finals Game 5 Odds, Betting Trends
Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball over the Boston Celtics. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Game 5 tips off at 8:30 PM ET on Monday June 17th, 2024 at the TD Garden in Boston. NBA Finals Game 5 odds favor Boston by 6.5-points while an upset by Dallas pays out +220. The point total is 209.5. You can watch the game on ABC. Cord-cutters can stream the game on NBA.com and ESPN+.

“I think it’s going to be as loud as it’s ever been in my seven years of being a Celtic,” Boston forward Jayson Tatum told reporters.

The question bettors must answer is whether the Mavericks have found some answers or the Celtics can just shake off a 122-84 loss in Game 4 and get back to business? While it won’t be easy, Boston has been the best team in the league for a reason.

The Celtics shot 36.3 percent from the field in Game 4. Don’t expect that again. But you can expect the under to improve to 5-0 in the series. Both teams will button down defensively.

 

  • The Mavericks hit the game total under in 50 of their last 78 games if you bet online.
  • Boston has hit the first-half moneyline in 39 of its last 48 games despite being down 26 points at halftime on Friday.
  • Dallas has covered the spread in 36 of its past 54 contests.
  • The Celtics have only hit the fourth-quarter moneyline in 12 of their last 35 outings.
  • The Mavericks’ win on Friday snapped a seven-game losing streak against Boston.
  • The Celtics have gone 37-4 at home. Boston is 6-7 in games decided by less than 4 points.
  • The Mavericks are 25-16 on the road. Dallas is 5-2 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

 

Uphill Battle For Betting Underdog Mavericks

For much of the first two games of the series in Boston, Dallas was like a field mouse fighting against Godzilla. The Mavericks made a run in the fourth quarter of Game 3, but most of that was due to the Celtics’ complacency. They were a different team on Friday,

Coach Jason Kidd told reporters, “We were desperate. We’ve got to continue to keep playing that way.”

Luka Doncic is averaging 29.3 points in the series, but Dallas veteran guard Kyrie Irving may be the key to your NBA betting on Monday.

Irving scored 56 points the last two games in Dallas after managing 28 in the first two contests. That must change, but the former Celtic has not had much luck against Boston since he wiped his shoe on the Leprechaun.

Celtics Must Be Better Inside

Boston was second in the league in scoring and rebounding while finishing fifth in defense during the regular season. That team was not on the court Friday.

“We just have to go back home and lock into tendencies, lock in to the game plan and we’ll be OK,” Celtics point guard Jrue Holiday told reporters.

Boston’s Jaylen Brown averaged 24.3 points in the first three games and was 3-for-12 from the field on Friday. Tatum scored 31 in Game 3 and 15 in Game 4. Holiday has 19 points in the past two games after totaling 38 in the first two.

The Celtics were outrebounded 52-31 and Dallas had a 60-26 edge in points in the paint on Friday. Mavericks rookie big man Derrick Lively had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

It would help Boston if center Kristaps Porzingis returns. The Latvian scored 32 points in the first two games, but missed the past two with a leg injury. Porzingis is questionable and would certainly make it an easier NBA prediction if he plays.

Who Wins the Mental Game?

Game 5 may be more about mindset than Xs and Os. The Celtics must recover from an embarrassing loss. The raucous crowd will help, but they have lost two home games in the playoffs.They also must face the pressure of avoiding a trip to Dallas.

The Mavericks must take it one game at a time and play loose. If Ted Lasso were in the locker room before the game, he’d give them one word – “Believe.”

“It doesn’t change anything,” Doncic told reporters. “Like I said in the beginning of the series, it’s the first to four. And we’re going to believe until the end. We’re just going to keep going.”

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