Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 2/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+3)
American Airlines Center is the venue where and the Dallas Mavericks (13-15) will play the Boston Celtics (15-15) on Tuesday. Dallas opens this game as 3-point favorites. The total is set at 230.5.
The Boston Celtics faced off with the New Orleans Pelicans and took a loss by a final of 120-115 in their last game. Boston walked away from the contest with a 39.8% field goal percentage (39 out of 98) and converted 10 out of their 37 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Celtics converted 27 of their 34 tries for a rate of 79.4%. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 49 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 22 assists in this matchup in addition to earning 9 steals and 11 blocked shots. Regarding the defense, Boston let their opponent shoot 44.7% from the floor on 42 out of 94 shooting. New Orleans doled out 22 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. In addition, the Pelicans collected 52 rebounds (12 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 7 rejections. New Orleans shot 67.6% at the free throw line by making 25 of their 37 tries. They converted 11 out of their 36 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jayson Tatum is a guy who was a factor for the contest. He accounted for 32 points on 10 out of 24 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 41:00 minutes and also snagged 9 rebounds. Tatum finished 41.7% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He totaled 6 rebounds and also had 9 dimes. He ended up shooting 30.4% from the field in the game by going 7-of-23 (25 points). At the conclusion of this game, Brown played for 40:49 min.
Boston comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 15-15 on the season. The Celtics are hitting 37.3% on 3-pointers (371 of 994) and 76.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 110.8 points per contest (22nd in basketball) while shooting 46.2% from the field. They turn the ball over 14.5 times per game and as a group they commit 21.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Boston is pulling down 44.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 667 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 26th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Celtics have forced 14.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 fouls. The Celtics defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (442 of 595) and they concede 42.6 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 10th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 698 conceded for the season. They give up 35.0% from 3-point land and they are ranked 6th in the NBA in points per game allowed (109.8).
In their last game, the Dallas Mavericks took a defeat with a final score of 121-118 against the Portland Blazers. The Mavericks were able to corral 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 35 for the contest. They also rejected 6 shots while recording 5 steals for this game. The Blazers had 23 fouls in the game which got the Mavericks to the charity stripe for 25 attempts. They were able to bury 24 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 96.0%. With regard to 3-pointers, Dallas converted 14 of 41 tries (34.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Mavericks went 40 out of 81 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4%. The Mavericks permitted the Blazers to convert 45 of their 85 tries from the field which had them sitting at 52.9% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 45.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 18 of 40 and ended up shooting 13 out of 19 from the free throw line (68.4%). In reference to how they rebounded, Dallas permitted Portland to get 36 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Luka Dončić ended up being important for the Mavericks in this game. He made 14 out of 20 in the game for a field goal rate of 70.0%, which gave him 44 points. Dončić totaled 7 boards in his 36:21 mins of time on the court and had 9 dimes in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Dallas was Kristaps Porziņģis. He was able to score 18 points in his 31:11 mins on the hardwood by going 5 of 9 from the floor in this game. Porziņģis ended the game having shot 55.6% from the field and also collecting 2 assists and 8 boards.
Dallas has a record of 13-15 for the year. Dallas has tallied 3,160 points so far this year (112.9 per contest) and they collect 42.3 boards per game. The Mavericks are committing 21.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 78.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Mavericks are shooting 46.5% from the floor, which ranks 13th in the league. They are assisting teammates 23.1 times per game (25th in basketball) and they are turning it over 12.1 times per contest. The Mavericks on defense are ranked 23rd in the league in PPG given up with 114.6. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the field (21st in the league). The Dallas defense gives up 37.6% on 3-point shots (385 of 1,023) and their opponents are knocking down 76.9% of their free throw attempts. They give up 23.8 assists and 45.5 total boards per game, ranking them 10th and 21st in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-3)
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