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Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics - 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

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The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Boston Celtics tonight at the American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks have lost four of their last six games and never looked good in last night's 112-83 loss at San Antonio. Dwight Powell led the team in scoring with 15 points while Wesley Matthews had 12, but no other player finished in double figures as the Mavs had no answer for the red-hot Spurs who outplayed them in just about every facet of the game. Frustrations boiled over for coach Carlisle as he was tossed after receiving consecutive technical fouls but it didn't help fire up his team as the Mavs fell behind by more and more as the game wore on. With the loss, Dallas falls to 23-19 on the season and 12-12 on the road.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics - 1/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Celtics will be going for a fourth straight win tonight after sneaking past the Wizards by 119-117 on Saturday. Isaiah Thomas led the scoring with 32 points, while Jared Sullinger had 14 points, but with the game on the line, the ball went to Jae Crowder who scored a layup with just three seconds left in the game. With the win, Boston improved to 22-19 on the season and 11-9 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 39-18-1 ATS in their last 58 games following a win, while the Mavs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points.

Head to head, the Celtics are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall but a healthy 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Dallas.

Evan Turner is a late inclusion to the lineup which is a nice boost for the Celtics, but I'm looking for the Mavs to bounce back after such a bad loss and come out on top in a tight contest.

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Dallas +1.5

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