Mavericks vs Celtics NBA Week 12 Betting Preview & Prediction

Mavericks vs Celtics NBA Week 12 Betting Preview & Prediction

Written by on January 4, 2019

The NBA fans in Boston get their first look in person Friday night at the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, who is the NBA Rookie of the Year favorite and a guy Celtics GM Danny Ainge tried to trade up for to get in the 2018 draft. The Celtics will be NBA odds on Friday but by how much will depend on the status of Kyrie Irving.

How to Bet Mavericks vs Celtics NBA Week 12 Odds & Game Info

  • When: Friday, 8 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • NBA Odds: Boston -5

2018-19 NBA Championship Odds

Team Records

  • All: Mavericks 18-19 / Celtics 22-15
  • Home: Mavericks 15-3 / Celtics 12-5
  • Away: Mavericks 3-16 / Celtics 10-10
  • ATS: Mavericks 23-14 / Celtics 19-18
  • Over/Under: Mavericks 18-17-2 / Celtics 24-13

Season Series

Dallas leads 1-0, winning 113-104 at home on Nov. 24. JJ Barea scored 20 points and tag-teamed with Wesley Matthews on back-to-back 3s to take control in the fourth quarter. Harrison Barnes also had 20 points, rookie Luka Doncic totaled 15 points and matched Barea with eight assists while starting at point guard with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined by a wrist injury. The Mavericks have now won seven of the last nine and 18 of the last 24 matchups in Dallas. Since joining the Mavericks, Harrison Barnes is averaging 23.4 points (.500 FG, .444 3FG, .840 FT) in five games (all starts) against the Celtics (he’s had 19-or-more points in all five of those games).

The Celtics have taken the last two matchups at TD Garden (after the Mavericks won the previous three and six of the previous seven in Boston). Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was drafted by Boston in 1984.

Why Bet on Dallas?

The Mavs come off a shocking 122-84 win in Charlotte. Shocking because Dallas won its first road game since Nov. 28. It entered the game with an NBA-worst 3-16 road record, compared to 15-3 at home. The Mavericks led 42-26 after the first quarter, and Charlotte got no closer than 18 the rest of the game. Dallas led by at least 20 points for the final 26 1/2 minutes.

Dennis Smith Jr. played well with 18 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs, three 3-pointers, seven assists, three steals, and two turnovers. DSJ had dozens of friends and family members in attendance for this game in his native North Carolina. His troublesome right wrist hasn’t limited him since his return, and he’s warming up for patient owners.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three 3-pointers in just 26 minutes. The Mavericks had their full roster healthy for the first time all season. They even made a franchise-record 10 three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 18 triples as a team. DeAndre Jordan hauled in 13 rebounds on Wednesday, adding eight points, one rebound, and one block. That gives Jordan double-digit boards in 12 consecutive games, which ties the longest streak in Mavericks history. James Donaldson also went 12 straight games with 10-plus boards from 1/31-3/8/89.

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has scored 31,228 points in his illustrious career, currently ranks seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He needs 192 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for sixth place.

Why Bet on Boston?

The Celtics won 115-102 vs. Minnesota on Wednesday without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. He was hit in the eye on Monday and has some inflammation in that left eye but it’s not expected to be a long-term thing. Irving is currently averaging 23.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists on the season and is one of just five players across the NBA this season to record at least 23 points, four rebounds and six assists per game joining James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kemba Walker.

Starting for Irving, Terry Rozier matched his career-high with five steals against the Wolves, while scoring 16 points (6-of-10 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists, one block, and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Mavericks vs Celtics should be a close one.

Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 35 points (14-of-18 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with one rebound, five assists, and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Hayward took over with Kyrie Irving (eye) out, scoring his Celtics career-high in points. Hayward now has two 30-point games this season, with both of them coming against Minnesota. This season-high effort came after he scored zero points against the Spurs.

Hayward feels his lateral movement has improved since the beginning of the season: “Yeah, man, I think it’s slowly getting there,” Hayward said. “Like, I think my lateral movement, it’s so much better since the beginning of the season. But I think that’s pretty close to where it was. I think vertically I still have a little ways to go.”

Marcus Smart (right shoulder strain) briefly left Wednesday’s game, but returned and scored two points (1-of-2 FGs) with three rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes. Marcus Morris (sore neck), though, didn’t finish the game. Morris took an awkward fall in transition while jostling with Taj Gibson, but continued to play before eventually exiting and being ruled out. He finished with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes. Morris is questionable.

Mavericks vs Celtics NBA Betting Trends

  • Over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings
  • Road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings
  • Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Dallas is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas’s last 9 games when playing Boston
  • Boston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games at home

Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Mavericks vs Celtics

Irving or not, Celtics win by double digits.