Dallas travels to Boston on Friday, hoping to reverse its recent 2-8 ATS run in games against the Celtics.
The Mavericks, who are getting healthy and playing better, will try to spoil to the Boston Tea Party on Friday; they are 24-22-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Celtics are 23-23-2 ATS. Dallas is 26-22 on the totals, although it should be pointed out that 6 of the past 7 meetings all played under the total; Boston is 25-23.
Sportsbooks had the Celtics installed as 6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 190.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 10-rated Mavericks taking on the No. 6-rated Celtics in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 103-99 win for the Celtics on Friday, which would cover the spread.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 29-rated squad against Dallas's No. 16-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 20 in the league with 5.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 9 with 7.6 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Mavericks own the league's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 94.8 points per game when on the road. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in home scoring.
The Mavericks were a 113-97 Sportsbook in their most recent outing on the road against the Knicks. They covered the 2–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (210) made Sportsbooks of OVER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Dallas on Wednesday, leading the Mavericks to a 113-97 victory over New York at Madison Square Garden.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 95-90 Sportsbook as they battled the Kings on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Ray Allen scored 22 points leading the Celtics to a 95-90 victory over Sacramento at ARCO Arena on Tuesday.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 6-4
After playing New York are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Orlando are 8-2
After playing Sacramento are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
A few Mavericks at Celtics trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Dallas
Boston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Dallas at Charlotte, Saturday, February 5
Boston home to Orlando, Sunday, February 6