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Celtics vs. Mavericks - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Mavericks (23-10) at Boston Celtics (11-18)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +5.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, CSNN, NBATV

The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics play Friday night at the TD Garden.

The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last eight games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Mavs are averaging 109.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting and are allowing 102.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Monta Ellis is averaging 20.6 points and 4.5 assists while Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Chandler Parsons is shooting 45.9 percent from the field and Rajon Rondo is averaging 7.8 assists. The Dallas Mavericks remain the highest scoring team in the league, as they’ve topped 100 points in seven of their last eight games and are shooting 36.8 percent from deep in their last five contests. This will be an emotional game for Rondo, who was traded a few weeks ago after being a Celtic for nine seasons. The Mavericks have won six of their last eight games SU.

Celtics vs. Mavericks - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics have lost four of their last five games and are still one game back of the eighth seed. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 103.3 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 103.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Jeff Green is averaging 18.5 points 4.2 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.5 points and 7.9 rebounds. Avery Bradley is shooting 42.7 percent from the field and Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Boston Celtics have been struggling offensively by their standards lately, shooting just 43.7 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from deep in their last five games. The good news is that eight of the Celtics 11 wins this season have come on their home court. Marcus Thornton is doubtful for this game with a calf injury.

The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 59-26 ATS in their last 85 road games. The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 vs. NBA Southwest. The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Boston Celtics haven't been as good offensively without Rondo and don't have nearly enough firepower to keep up with the Dallas Mavericks. Look for the Mavs to win this game by double digits as the talent gap is quite wide in this one. 

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