Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 1/5/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
The Boston Celtics are headed to American Airlines Center on Thursday where they will take on the Dallas Mavericks.
The Celtics faced the Thunder and went home with a loss by a final score of 150-117 in their last game. Boston ended the contest with a 45.5% field goal percentage (40 of 88) and knocked down 12 of their 40 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Celtics knocked down 25 of their 31 attempts for a rate of 80.6%. In relation to getting rebounds, they collected 38 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 29 assists for this game as well as forcing 13 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In reference to the defense, Boston let their opponent shoot 59.2% from the floor on 58 out of 98 shooting. Oklahoma City doled out 31 dimes and had 14 steals in this game. Moreover, Oklahoma City pulled down 44 boards (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Oklahoma City finished shooting 63.6% from the free throw line by converting 14 of 22 shots. They also made 20 of 40 shots from beyond the perimeter. In the matter of fouls, the Celtics ended up finishing with 15 while the Thunder totaled 23 fouls.
Jaylen Brown is one player who was a factor for this game. Brown finished the game at 61.1% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. He played 25 mins and also snagged 1 board. He had 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting.
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Boston will enter this contest with a record of 26-12 on the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.7 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 19.2 fouls every game. As a unit, Boston is collecting 43.7 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,011 assists on the year, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are shooting 37.2% on 3-point shots (592 of 1,593) and 82.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 118.6 pts per contest (1st in the league) while hitting 47.8% from the field.
Defensively, the Celtics have forced 13.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.2 fouls. They are giving up 36.1% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 15th in basketball in points per game allowed (113.3). The Celtics defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.2% (1,615 of 3,424) and they concede 44.2 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 5th in basketball in giving up assists with 861 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Mavericks got the victory with a final of 111-106 when they played the Rockets. The Mavericks recorded 33 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 41 for the game. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Rockets were called for 28 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Mavericks to the free throw line for a total of 34 shots. They were able to convert 30 of them for a rate of 88.2%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Dallas converted 13 of their 43 attempts (30.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Mavericks ended up going 34 for 81 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.0%. The Mavericks permitted the Rockets to bury 38 of 82 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 46.3% in the matchup. They shot 31.0% from distance by going 9 out of 29 and finished the game at 21 out of 29 from the free throw line (72.4%). With respect to rebounds, Dallas allowed Houston to snag 46 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Luka Doncic was important for the Mavericks for the contest. Doncic tallied 39 points in his 41 mins of playing time and had 8 assists for the matchup. He buried 10 of 26 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 38.5%, and had 12 rebounds.
Dallas has a record of 22-16 on the season. The Mavericks commit 21.1 fouls per game and they connect on 74.1% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.0 times per contest (29th in basketball) and they turn it over 12.3 times per contest. Dallas has tallied 4,278 points this season (112.6 per contest) and they pull in 38.9 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Mavericks are connecting on 47.1% from the field, which is ranked 14th in the NBA.
The Dallas defense gives up 35.6% on 3-pointers (416 of 1,169) and opponents are knocking down 77.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 23.8 assists and 43.6 rebounds per game, ranking them 8th and 16th in the NBA. The Mavericks are ranked 5th in the league in PPG given up with 110.3. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.0% from the field (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston
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