Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks - 11/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Mavericks (7-4) at Boston Celtics (6-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, CSNN
The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics square off Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Dallas Mavericks look to keep the ball rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.1 points and seven rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 assists. Dwight Powell is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and Raymond Felton is dishing 2.1 assists. The Dallas Mavericks have turned it up defensively, holding their last three opponents under 100 points and allowing just 30.6 percent shooting from deep. The Mavericks have won seven straight regular season games when allowing less than 100 points. Two of the Mavs four losses have come on the road.
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The Boston Celtics also look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 95.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21 points and 6.3 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 12.4 points and 2.5 assists. Jared Sullinger is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing three assists. The Boston Celtics have allowed less than 100 points in seven of their 10 games and are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from downtown. The Celtics are shooting 79.3 percent from the free throw line, four percent higher than league average. The Celtics have won 10 of their last 17 regular season home games.
The Mavericks are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mavericks are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.
We knew that the Celtics were going to be good. But the Mavericks? I just can't trust Dallas, especially on the road against younger legs and a team that plays great defense. I'm siding with the home team and the reasonable chalk.