The Boston Celtics (26-12) go up against the Dallas Mavericks (22-16) Thursday at American Airlines Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Celtics vs. Mavericks odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Celtics suffered a surprising 150-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday as they failed to cover as 11.5-point favorites on the road. Boston has lost 2 games in a row by 12 or more points.
The Mavericks defeated the Houston Rockets 111-106 Monday but failed to cover as 7-point road favorites. Dallas is on a 7-game win streak.
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Celtics at Mavericks odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:30 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Celtics -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Mavericks -+120 (bet $100 to win $120)
- Against the spread (ATS): Celtics -2.5 (-115) | Mavericks +2.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 230.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Celtics at Mavericks key injuries
- F Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor) out
- F Maxi Kleber (hamstring) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Celtics at Mavericks picks and predictions
Celtics 118, Mavericks 114
Even though they’ve lost 2 straight games, CELTICS (-140) feels like the correct choice. It’s hard to imagine Boston losing 3 consecutive games and the Celtics are the more well-rounded team.
Against the spread
CELTICS -2.5 (-115) is an intriguing wager as we only need Boston to win by at least one 3-pointer to cover the spread. While slowing down G Luka Doncic is easier said than done, F Jayson Tatum and F Jaylen Brown are poised for big games for the Celtics.
The Mavericks are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games coming off 2 days of rest and the Celtics are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road meetings against the Mavericks.
Even with the majority of the trends signaling that the Under is the ideal play, OVER 230.5 (-108) is where I’m leaning in this matchup. Both of these teams are top 5 teams in offensive rating and top 7 in true-shooting percentage.
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