Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 2 Prediction, NBA Finals Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jun 07, 2024

NBA: Finals-Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics will attempt to follow up on an emphatic victory in Game 1 when they and the Dallas Mavericks do battle again on Sunday night from TD Garden.

Dallas
50-32
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June 09, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
64-18
Pointspread +6.5 -105
Moneyline +230
Over / Under o +214.5

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Pointspread -6.5 -115
Moneyline -300
Over / Under u +214.5

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Given that the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics sealed their conference finals wins with relative expediency, there was plenty of time for hype and analysis. One game does not decide an entire best-of-seven series, but the Celtics clearly looked like the better outfit in Game 1 on Thursday, thumping the Mavericks 107-89.

The NBA Finals odds have Boston as a -7.5 favourite to double its advantage in the series.

Mavericks vs. Celtics NBA Finals Betting Odds

Many players on the Celtics roster, most notably Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, have been at this stage before. In 2022 versus Golden State, they jumped out to a 1-0 series lead in the Finals, only to fall in four of the next five matches, thus a 4-2 series defeat. If anyone knows how a Game 2 loss can derail plans, it’s those those two.

Conversely, Dallas lost Game 1s in the first and second rounds, yet here they are.

Speaking of winning an NBA Finals, Boston’s odds have gone from -222 to -454. The most likely outcome is deemed to be a 4-1 win at +229 (from +300), followed by a seven-game victory at +375 (previously +450). Both a give-game and six-game series are priced at +450.

As for the Mavs, the price tag just to win in any scenario has jumped from +180 to +340. That Dallas comes back by stringing together four consecutive wins is a near-impossible +3000. A 4-2 series victory is priced at +800, and should the series go the distance in their favour, +775.

Neither side has any major injuries to report as of Friday morning.

Dallas Mavericks

If one is to assume that the Mavericks will perform better for the remainder of the Finals, a lot needs to be cleaned up. As inspiring as their road to make it here has been, they looked a bit hopeless in Game 1.

It doesn’t start with Luka Doncic, but with Kyrie Irving. Yes, he is a former champion, but he has also lost two other Finals and was a ghost in Game 1. A 12-point tally off 6-19 shooting is not going to get it done. For whatever reason, and maybe it has to do with his personal history with Boston, he doesn’t play well against the Celtics, regardless of what team he’s represented.

Dereck Lively got into foul trouble in the third quarter, limiting his minutes, and Daniel Gafford (eight points, minus-10) and P.J. Washington (14 points, minus-15) were non-factors. That could be chalked up to Finals inexperience. Suffice it to say that it’s never good when Luka goes for 30 and it doesn’t make a difference. Not even a dent.

The Mavs finished with a lowly nine assists. Boston had nine blocks!

Boston Celtics

On the other end of the spectrum, Game 1 could not have gone any better for the Celtics. Other than the first half of the third quarter when Dallas made it a nine-point game (from down 29), this was a shockingly easy victory.

We wrote in our game preview that the return of Kristaps Porzingis could make a difference, but we didn’t predict what happened on Thursday. That was a masterclass of defence (three blocks, tons of contested shots), and offence (20 points, 8-for-12 shooting). Boston was stellar on defence, limiting Dallas to its lowest points total in these playoffs (previously 95). Brown had three blocks as well to go along with a team-high 22 points. Every single Celtics starter hit double-digits in points.

If one really wants to nit-pick, Tatum (16 points, 11 boards) was sloppy with six turnovers and Brown’s maddening mediocrity from the line persisted (6-for-11).

The job is far from over and a Mavericks rebound is likely, but this was a heck of a way to do away with the rust of a nine-day layoff.

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