Mavericks at Celtics 1/4/19 - NBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/07/2019 at 1:15 PM ET

The Dallas Mavericks look to win a second straight game on Friday when they visit TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics. Dallas defeated the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday to end a road losing streak of nine straight. Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic led the Mavericks hitting shots from long range in the 38-point rout of Charlotte. Dallas outrebounded the Hornets 65-51.

Boston defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday 115-102 behind the 35 points by Gordon Hayward. Hayward led the Celtics despite starting on the bench. Kyrie Irving did not play due to scratched eyes. The Celtics shot an impressive 59.2% from the field and 40.0% from 3-point territory. Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game. The leading rebounder is DeAndre Jordan with an average of 14.1 per game, while J.J. Barea leads the team in assists with an average of 5.8 per game. Dallas is shooting 45.5% from the field and 34.3% from three-point territory.

Kyrie Irving leads the Celtics in scoring and assists with averages of 23.1 points and 6.6 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is the leading rebounder with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Boston is shooting 45.7% from the field and 36.3% from 3-point territory.

Dallas has fared well in Boston covering the number in 8 of the last 9 at TD Garden and 11 of the last 16 overall against the Celtics. Dallas has covered the number in 4 of its last 5 on the road and 6 of its last 7 overall. Boston played very well in its win over Minnesota and expect a straight up win but a loss against the number. Final Score Prediction, Boston Celtics win but fall short ATS 112-109.

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