Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics - 11/3/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (1-1) at Dallas Mavericks (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -9 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-NE, FSN-SW
The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks square off Monday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Boston Celtics have held their own in their first two games by competing with two playoff caliber teams. The Celtics are shooting 46.2 percent from the field and a brutal 19.1 percent from downtown. Still, the Celtics have scored a combined 211 points in their first two games and have shown signs of life. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with an average of 17 points per game and five rebounds, while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Rajon Rondo is averaging 10 assists per game and has turned the ball over 18 times. Defensively, the Boston Celtics are allowing 104.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting, which is an area they clearly need to improve in if they’re truly going to be better than expected. The Celtics have lost 15 of their last 16 games dating back to last season.
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The Dallas Mavericks have won two straight and have been an offensive explosion right out of the gate. The Mavericks are shooting a cool 52 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from downtown, scoring 100 or more points in now six straight games. Monta Ellis leads the Mavericks with an average of 19 points per game, while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.7 points per game and five rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 30.8 percent from downtown and Devin Harris has been a huge spark off the bench. Defensively, the Dallas Mavericks are allowing 102.3 points per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field. The Mavericks have split their last 10 regular season home games.
The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Celtics are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Dallas and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
You see the Mavericks record against the number in their last 11 games? Yea, I'm not messing with that. Take the Mavs to win by double digits.