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Celtics at Mavericks - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (21-19) at Dallas Mavericks (23-19)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Mavericks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN, FSSW

The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks meet Monday night at the American Airlines Center.

The Boston Celtics could use a victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.6 points and 6.7 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 14.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jae Crowder is dishing 1.7 assists and Jared Sullinger is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.3 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have won six of their last 10 road games.

Celtics at Mavericks - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Mavericks could also use a victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 14.3 points and 5.7 assists. Wesley Matthews is dishing 1.7 assists and Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14 turnovers per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last eight home games.

The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 22-6 ATS in their last 28 Monday games. The Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Dallas and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.

Both teams are in a little bit of a slump. However, the Mavs have played extremely well at home and will be eager to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Spurs. I don't like the Celtics in this spot. 

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Dallas Mavericks +1.5

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