The Dallas Mavericks (9-7, 1-4 Away) will try to slow down the NBA’s top scoring team when they head to face the Boston Celtics (13-4, 6-1 Home) on Wednesday. Dallas was narrowly defeated by the Denver Nuggets 98-97 at American Airlines Center on Sunday. Josh Green led the way in the loss with 23 points. The Mavericks are the ninth seed in the Western Conference.
Boston lost on Monday at United Center, falling to the Chicago Bulls 121-107. Jayson Tatum had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in the loss to lead the team. The Celtics are first in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks. This marks the first meeting of the season between the teams.
Dallas won both matchups between the teams last season, the last of which was a 95-92 triumph at TD Garden on March 13, their fourth straight head-to-head victory. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 26 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
Tatum had 21 points in defeat. The Mavs have been led this season by Doncic, who is averaging 33.5 points per game, best in the league. Doncic also is contributing 9.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game, placing him first and first in the NBA, respectively. Tatum has supplied much of the Celts’ offense, averaging 30.2 points per game. He is the No. 1 scorer in the NBA.
Tatum also has pulled down 7.6 rebounds per game, most in the NBA. Marcus Smart has distributed 7.1 assists per game. The Celtics rank as the top scoring offense in the NBA with 119.4 points per game. The teams have split their last 10 games at TD Garden (5-5). Boston has won five straight at home this season.
In the last 10 games, Dallas is 6-4 with an average margin of +1.6 (103.8-102.2). Boston has gone 9-1 over the last 10, scoring 121.7 points per game on average while allowing 112.8 (+8.9 margin).
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Derrick White: 22.0 | 16.6 | +5.4
Points per game:
Marcus Smart: 16.0 | 11.1 | +4.9
Rebounds per game:
Al Horford: 8.5 | 6.8 | +1.7
SportsTips’ NBA Pick:
Over 218.5 (-110)
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