Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics will look to bounce back from their latest disturbing loss when they host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The C’s are sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, tied with both, Atlanta and Miami at 23-24 on the season. Dallas is in seventh place in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind Portland, a half-game in front of San Antonio and 1.5 games in front of Memphis. Now, let’s find out where the best NBA betting value lies in this mid-week matchup so you can bet against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting Odds – Dallas at Boston
Dallas Mavericks (24-21) Vs Boston Celtics (23-24) Game Info
- When: March 31, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- TV: ESPN
- NBA Odds: Boston -1
- Total: 222.5
Dallas Mavericks Looking To Stay In The Playoff Mix
The Mavericks have split their last 10 games evenly. Dallas snapped a two-game skid by subduing Oklahoma City 127-106 on Monday night. Luka Doncic scored a team-high 25 points and outscored the Thunder by 13 in the second half to get the win. Doncic missed Dallas’ previous two games with back soreness on Friday against Indiana and Saturday’s loss to New Orleans with a non-COVID-19 illness. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points and nine rebounds in the win while Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 19 points.
“Second half, I thought we played to our level and our capabilities against a team that’s undermanned, but very well coached, still skilled, hard playing, all those kinds of things,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were able to take care of business.”
Dallas averages 112.2 points per game (17th) on 47.1% shooting from the field (11th) and 35.9% from beyond the arc (19th). The Mavericks allow 110.9 points per game defensively (11th) on 46.0 percent shooting from the field (10th) and 37.0% from beyond the arc (17th).
Celtics Looking To Stay in Playoff Contention
The Celtics had their two-game winning streak snapped in Monday’s 115-109 home loss against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans while playing without all-star guard Jaylen Brown. Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 34 points and Kemba Walker added 23 points, but Boston couldn’t contain Williamson who posted 28 points for New Orleans in the win. The C’s fell in their first home game with fans in attendance since before the start of the pandemic.
“Seeing fans occasionally on the road but not here, I’d say it was pretty emotional for me,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “It signals maybe if we can buckle down and get through it, we can have something close to normal.”
Boston averages 112.3 points per game (16th) on 46.9% shooting from the field (13th) and 37.1% from beyond the arc (13th). The Celtics allow 111.3 points per game defensively (15th) on 46.6 percent shooting from the field (14th) and 37.1% from beyond the arc (19th).
Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Celtics are clearly getting desperate to get their act together. Boston has gone 13-8 at home this season while Dallas is 13-11 on the road. The Mavs have gone an uninspiring 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games as an underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog.
On the flip side of the coin, Boston has gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. Dallas is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 road dates against the Celtics, but with the spread set at just one point, I like Boston to win and cover – out of sheer desperation, if nothing else.
Pick: Boston 112 Dallas 108