The Boston Celtics return home to the TD Garden on Wednesday night after their three-game road trip came to an end with a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Prior to that loss, Boston was on a tear, winning nine-strength games for the longest active streak in the league. The Mavericks come into Wednesday’s contest off a narrow one-point home loss over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. That loss ended the Mav’s five-game homestand in which they went 3-2. They now hit the road for a three-game trip. Let’s take a look at the Mavericks vs Celtics betting odds and see where we can find some value.
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Location: TD Garden
Statement Game for Celtics, Statement Game for Mavericks
The Celtics opened this game as a -6.5-point favorite over the Mavs and at -295 on the Moneyline. While this line might seem a little steep when you take into account the fact that Luka Doncic plays for the Mavs, Boston has been the best team in the league this season. Jayson Tatum has had an outstanding start to this season, averaging 30 points per game and shooting 47.3% from the field through the team’s first 17 games. He’s helped lead the Celtics to the second-best offensive rating in the league, only behind the Sacramento Kings.
A similar story could be said of Luka Doncic who has been playing out of his mind in the early going of the season. He’s averaging a whopping 33 points per game and shooting just under 50% from the field. However, Doncic doesn’t have quite the supporting cast that Tatum does, especially if Spencer Dinwiddie is out for this game. He’s currently on the injury report as questionable.
Can Mavericks Run With Boston? If Not, Long Night Ahead…
When looking at the Mavericks vs Celtics betting odds, it’s important to take into account each team’s style of play. The Mavericks play at the slowest pace in the league and will want to slow the Celtics down as much as possible and make them play their style of basketball. That isn’t necessarily a problem for a Boston team that ranks 18th in pace.
When you have two teams that like to operate in the half-court setting and like to take their time getting their offense’s set, it’s often a good idea to look at playing the under. That being said, Boston shoots the ball extremely well and is ultra-efficient when they’re at home. In fact, the Celtics are 6-1 to the over in their seven home games this season.
the Celtics are back at home and coming off of a bad loss, so there is a bit of a revenge factor there for Boston
Mavericks Getting Little Respect From Vegas
While the total might be a little tricky to predict, our favorite play on the Mavericks vs Celtics betting odds is to take the points with Dallas. Yes, the Celtics are back at home and coming off of a bad loss, so there is a bit of a revenge factor there for Boston, but the Mavericks are coming into this game off more rest.
They’ll be focused knowing this is the start of a road trip for them, while teams returning home after a road trip are known to let their guard down in their first game back. Take the points with Doncic and company.Follow us on Twitter