Mavericks vs. Celtics: Predictions, picks, odds for Friday’s NBA game

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The Boston Celtics will attempt to extend their five-game home win streak to six as they host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a 136-125 victory against the Toronto Raptors. NBA’s leading scorer, Luka Doncic marked his 25th birthday with 30 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds, earning his 11th triple-double of the season. Doncic is averaging 34.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game.

The Boston Celtics have been on a winning streak for nine consecutive games and they are currently leading the Eastern Conference after beating the Philadelphia 76ers 117-99. Jaylen Brown led the team with 31 points and Jayson Tatum contributed 29 points in the victory over the 76ers.

Here are the current odds and predictions for the Dallas Mavericks vs Boston Celtics.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics predictions

ESPN: Celtics have a 78% chance to win

According to the ESPN’s Matchup Predictor, the Boston Celtics have a 78.6% chance of beating the Dallas Mavericks.

BetMGM: Celtics will win

Staff writes: “The winning team model predicts the Celtics will win Friday‘s game with 85.4% confidence, factoring in game simulations, player injuries, key player performances and recent matchups for both Mavericks and Celtics.”

Winners and Whiners: Take Boston

Staff writes: “The Mavs are wrapping up a long road trip they should probably be 2-2 at this point save for a miracle half-court heave by Cleveland’s Max Strus at the buzzer in Cleveland on Tuesday night. This will now be their third game in four nights against what will be a well-rested and healthy Celtics team that has been off since Tuesday night. The Celtics hold several edges in this game, particularly on the defensive end. Boston is fifth in scoring defense as opposed to the Mavs at 20th in the NBA in scoring defense. The Celtics are also third in the NBA in total rebounding while the undersized Mavs are just 25th. Most importantly, the Mavs don’t have any answers for Tatum and Brown at the forward position. While Irving and Doncic have a distinct advantage in the backcourt, Boston’s backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Derrick White have the defensive prowess to make them work. Look for Boston to pull away in the second half for a comfortable win on Friday night.”

Sporting News: Celtics 123, Mavericks 111

Sloan Piva writes: “The Celtics win (-450) and cover (-9.5), with the score going UNDER the total (236.5). Just keep in mind that any bet on a 9.5-point spread before knowing whether Luka Doncic will play would be volatile.”

Gambling News: Pick Boston Celtics

Jessie Carter writes: “Our Mavericks vs. Celtics prediction is that the home team will win. The boys from Boston have been sensational lately, especially at TD Garden. They also love playing against the Mavericks, which they’ve proved numerous times in the past. The Celtics have also had more time to prepare for this game, having played their previous game on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, the Mavericks had to play a game in Toronto on Wednesday. Knowing all this, it’s only logical to assume that the Celtics will record their 10th straight NBA win.”

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics betting odds, lines

The Boston Celtics are favored to defeat the Dallas Mavericks, according to the BetMGM odds.

  • Spread: Boston (-9.5); Dallas (+9.5)
  • Moneyline: Boston (-450); Dallas (+350)
  • Total Over/Under: 235.5

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How to watch Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics channel, steaming information

  • Game day: Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m., ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN+, Fubo

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