Mavericks vs. Celtics

Mavericks vs. Celtics | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

Written by on April 1, 2021

The first game of an ESPN NBA doubleheader on Wednesday features MVP candidate Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks visiting All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (if Brown plays) and the Boston Celtics. The NBA odds will depend on Brown’s status.

How to Bet Mavericks at Celtics NBA Odds & TV Info
  • When: Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio:com
  • NBA Odds: TBA (depends on Jaylen Brown)
Last Meeting

On Feb. 23 in Dallas, the Mavericks beat the Celtics 110-107. Mavs star Luka Doncic hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining — his second go-ahead 3 in the final minute. The Celtics trailed by 11 points with three minutes to go before Jaylen Brown put them in front in the final minute with a short jumper. Doncic answered with a difficult 3 over 6-foot-8 Daniel Theis before Brown pulled Boston even at 107-all with another bucket. Then Doncic hit the amazing winner.

He became the second player over the last 25 seasons to make multiple go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds of a game. Doncic finished with 31 points, while Dallas was without Kristaps Porzingis. Brown had 29 and Jayson Tatum added 28 for Boston.

Why Bet on Dallas? | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

The Mavs snapped a two-game skid with a 127-106 blowout in Oklahoma City on Monday. Luka Doncic returned from an illness and sore back to hit 9-of-17 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He only played 28 minutes, which is his fourth-lowest total of the season.

Kristaps Porzingis returned after missing Saturday’s game and hit 9-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and two blocks. KP tied his career high with the five dimes early on but couldn’t get another one to set his career high. He’s been hot over his last three games after scoring just 11 or 12 in his three games prior.

The Mavs’ offense looked crisp in racking up 30 assists on their 51 field goals and piling up 71 points in the first half. And in leading 33-24 after the first quarter, that snapped a trend where the Mavs trailed after a quarter in the previous 10 games.

Backup center Willie Cauley-Stein (COVID-19 protocols) is without a timetable to return to game action. He has missed the past six games.

This game could be the debut of recent trade acquisition JJ Redick. The Mavericks acquired Redick along with center Nicolo Melli from the New Orleans Pelicans for forwards James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu, a second-round pick and cash considerations in a deal agreed to minutes before last Thursday’s trade deadline. Redick, who averaged 8.7 points in 31 games for the Pelicans this season, has shot 41.5% from 3-point range for his career and played in 110 playoff games.

Redick has been dealing with a heel injury, however. While he’s certainly capable of providing additional perimeter shooting, it’s difficult to nail down Redick’s role within the Mavericks rotation until he gets some practice time with his new teammates.

Why Bet on Boston? | 2021 NBA Expert Analysis

Boston was upset 115-109 at home by New Orleans on Monday. The Celtics were down by 16 points with less than four minutes remaining but then down by only three with 50.5 seconds left on the clock but couldn’t finish the comeback.

Jayson Tatum shot 12-of-25 from the field for 34 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The Celtics were playing in front of fans for the first time all season in kicking off a critical seven-game homestand.

Grant Williams started Monday’s game and had three points, five rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Semi Ojeleye (left side strain) was out for the third straight game, Tristan Thompson (protocols) remains out, and Jaylen Brown (bruised left hip) was also unavailable.

It remains to be seen if the All-Star Brown plays Wednesday, and that will affect the spread. Brown dropped 25 points over 30 minutes in Boston’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday and is averaging 24.5 points per game, so the C’s will need to pick up the scoring slack in his absence.

Recent trade acquisition Evan Fournier made his debut Monday and, frankly, was terrible. He missed all 10 of his shot attempts in 33 minutes. Fournier did not score a single point and the Celtics were outscored by 12 points with him on the floor. Fournier was just the fourth player in the shot-clock era to shoot 0-for-10 or worse in his debut with a new team and his 33 minutes were the most for any scoreless Celtic with at least 10 shot attempts during the 3-point era.

Against Dallas, the Celtics have won the last four matchups at TD Garden (after the Mavericks won the previous 3 and 6 of the previous 7 in Boston). Prior to falling 110-107 in the first meeting this year, the Celtics had won three straight and seven of the previous eight overall meetings.

Expert Prediction
  • Celtics 112, Mavericks 109

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