Celtics vs. Mavericks Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 23, 2021

The Celtics and Mavericks clash on Tuesday in their first meeting of the season. The Celtics can’t seem to find their way above .500, seemingly losing every time they get close.

Boston
28-26
AT
February 23, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Dallas
29-24
Pointspread -2.5 -115
Moneyline -140
Over / Under o +223.5

66%

Betting Action

34%

Pointspread +2.5 -105
Moneyline +120
Over / Under u +223.5

66%

Betting Action

34%

The Dallas Mavericks have been starting to piece things together following an 8-13 start, winning six of their last eight contests. Will Dallas continue their hot streak, or will Boston finally get themselves over the hump?

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Celtics are currently 6-11 ATS in their past 17 matchups on the road but it could turn around soon. They have all the talent that they need in order to string together a few wins but health issues have hampered them. They’ll again be without guard Marcus Smart in this one.

On the other hand, Dallas has been 4-11 ATS in their past 15 matchups when playing at home. Much of that could be due to their loss of chemistry towards the beginning of the season with too many changes to the rotation.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics were unable to pull away with a victory in their last game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday despite leading by as many as 24 points. They received solid production out of their star forward duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, but got yet another below average performance from Kemba Walker. Walker has only played in 15 games this season but has shot the ball very poorly (37% from the field and 34% from three). Luckily, the team has picked up some of the slack with the rookie Payton Pritchard, who has played very well despite only starting in one contest.

Their biggest weakness this season has been rim protection and they may have found their answer. Robert Williams III has been steadily improving with increased minutes, averaging 1.4 blocks and 5.7 rebounds per game in only 15 minutes. His impact could go a long way against Kristaps Porzingis and Dallas.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks seem to be gelling a little bit more than they were earlier in the season. They have won five of six, which comes on the heels of a six-game losing streak. It helps that they have the superstar Luka Doncic on their roster as he averages 29.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He leads the team in all of those categories. His running mate, Porzingis, has also been consistently in the lineup of late (since missing games earlier in the year) and that’s a big deal. These two have been exceptional when on the court together. Porzingis is averaging 20.5 points per game with 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists.

Their problem has been consistency outside of those two players. Josh Richardson and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been solid at times, and Jalen Brunson is having a nice season. They just need to consistently be there to support the stars. If that’s the case on Tuesday, they should get the win.

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