Celtics vs. Mavericks Game 4 Prediction, NBA Finals Odds

admin | Updated Jun 13, 2024

NBA: Finals-Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks

With a 3-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics can send in their formal order for Banner 18 on Friday if they win Game 4.

June 14, 2024, 8:30 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Pointspread -1.5 -105
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +211.5


Betting Action


Pointspread +1.5 -115
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +211.5


Betting Action


Game 3 featured enough twists and turns to satisfy an entire playoff series, let alone a single match. The clubs went back and forth all night long in a captivating battle that the Dallas Mavericks had to win to hand themselves a decent chance of reversing the tide. The Boston Celtics pulled through in the end with a 106-99 win to a 3-0 series advantage.

Our NBA Finals odds once again give the host Mavericks a slight edge as -1.5 favourites.

Celtics vs. Mavericks NBA Finals Betting Odds

These aren’t turning into the finals people thought they would get. What should have been a mesmeric affair is a contest for which Boston, while they’ve been punched a few times, keeps finding ways to win.  We are at that point when the series odds page doesn’t even offer a prop for a 4-0 sweep.

The smallest odds are the Celtics winning 4-1, which is priced at +160, which then shoots up to +1000 should the series require six contests.

Now is the time for a conversation about who could win Finals MVP. At the moment Jaylen Brown is in the lead at -344, followed by Jayson Tatum at +275. The closest behind them is Luka Doncic at +3000. If he can pull his side out of their current predicament, he’ll definitely have earned it.

Boston Celtics

All the Celtics need is another strong 48 minutes for the criticisms of years past to wash away. The good regular seasons that devolved disappointing playoff exits will go down much smoother with a championship coronation.

At this point, it almost doesn’t matter if Tatum goes off or not. He was quite good in Game 3, tallying 31-6-5, but if he were to revert to his Game 1 and 2 performances that were more modest, one wonders if it would make a difference. Even without Kristaps Porzingis, Boston found a way on Wednesday night. Brown was an incredible 12-for-22 (30 points) and players like Sam Hauser were corralling rebounds. Derrick White had two more shot blocks to his name (seven for the series).

This team is just too deep for Dallas to handle at the moment. A bad start and a nervy fourth quarter – 20-point leads are apparently tricky to handle for Boston-  weren’t enough to sink a solid second quarter and a third that may have won the Celtics the championship.

Dallas Mavericks

It’s time to bring out the argument of “why not them?” concerning NBA history still waiting for the first side to storm back from a 3-0 series deficit and claim a win.

As for Game 3, it’s not as if Dallas didn’t try. Kyrie Irving deserves some flowers for finally having a productive game with 35 points (4-for-6 from distance), Dereck Lively II had a much bigger impact with 13 boards, and the club pushed like mad in the final period to give them a chance to overcome a 21-point deficit. But two things stood out, and both were glaringly obvious. The first was an atrocious third quarter. At home and up by one at the half (51-50) and their backs against the wall, Dallas played about as poorly as they did in the early stages of Game 1, which sunk that game too. Horrible defence, subpar rebounding, and poor shooting.

And then there is Luka. A lot will be spoken and written about him fouling out late in the fourth quarter. He had an okay night with 27 points, although was 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. What must sting is that in the single most critical match of the entire season, at home, he lacked discipline, both with his fouls and attitude. One assumes he will learn from this, but it might be too late this year.

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