Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks: Picks & Predictions 01/05/2023

Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks: Picks & Predictions 01/05/2023

January 5, 2023



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On Thursday night at American Airlines Center, the scorching-hot Dallas Mavericks host the slightly less not-so-hot Boston Celtics. When these two teams faced off earlier this year, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics won, and there was a lot of online discussion over whether Luka Doncic or Tatum was the better player.
The Celtics are in an intriguing situation right now. They are in their worst stretch of the season, having lost two straight games and seven of their last twelve, despite having arguably the finest health they have had all season as the only player to miss the most recent contest was Danilo Gallinari, who will be sidelined for the whole campaign.
Oklahoma City recently dropped 150 points on the Celtics, which is the highest points Boston has given up since 1979. Ironically, it has been the offensive that has been primarily at fault during this difficult period. In the past month, the three-pointers that in the first two months just couldn’t miss have rebounded a little less hospitably.
The Celtics were making 40% of their threes before that crucial game in San Francisco back on December 10. Since then, they’ve reached 31.1%, which ranks third-worst in the NBA during that span. Boston was actually beginning to return to Earth before the Warriors game, but it’s easier to draw the line at that particular matchup.
You don’t need me to tell you how incredible Luka Doncic has been this season, but we can focus on one aspect of his game. Doncic is comfortably leading the league in isolation points per game this season with an average of 9.0, which is arguably the least shocking news you’ve heard all day.
Only James Harden, who averages 8.1, even comes close. Embiid is at 6.9, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is at 6.2. Nobody else exceeds 6.0. In fact, Doncic scored nine points, surpassing the average of every team bar four. But Doncic uses it frequently and is effective with it, scoring 1.16 points on average per isolated play, which is far more than the league average.
Let’s check the latest NBA picks, news, stats and NBA expert picks for Celtics vs Mavericks. We’ve plenty of NBA predictions for you to consider.


Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Game Information

  • Date: 01/05/2023
  • Time: 07:30 PM ET
  • Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.
  • How to Watch Celtics vs Mavericks: NBC Sports Boston
  • Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


Celtics vs Mavericks Betting Lines

Celtics are -145 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $69. On the other side, Mavericks are +125 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $125.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Celtics at a 59.18% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Mavericks have 44.44% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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