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Mavericks vs. Celtics 2024 NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Preview

By Hank Blaine

The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics begin their quest for the NBA Finals on Thursday. The first game happens in Boston, where the Celtics hope to use home-court advantage to contain former Celtics player Kyrie Irving and scorching Luka Doncic. Will Jayston Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and their mates take it to the Mavs in Game 1? Or will Dallas pull off a shocking upset victory? Check out the 2024 NBA Finals odds, analysis, and a free pick for Game 1 between the Mavericks and the Celtics.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics 2024 NBA Finals Game 1 Info

Why bet on the Dallas Mavericks?

The Dallas Mavericks not only knocked off the top seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, but they also sent the team that took out the Minnesota Timberwolves. In both series, Dallas had to switch up the game plan to adjust versus each team’s strength.

The way the Mavs took Karl Anthony-Towns out of the series was eye-opening. The defense Dallas played on Anthony-Towns should show up against Tatum in this. Also, although Tatum and Brown are terrific defensive players, nobody can stop Doncic. In addition, Kyrie Irving has been as brilliant as Luka. So if Doncic does suffer a let down game, Irving will be there to pick up the slack.

Why bet on the Boston Celtics?

The home team has lost a total of 2 playoff games. Since a loss to the Cavaliers in the divisional round, Boston has rolled to 7 straight victories.

The Celtics dispatched of the Indiana Pacers in a sweep. Boston has the ability to play any style, and the defense that the Celtics play is as good as any team in the league. Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum will man up against Luka.

The matchup will go Doncic’s way, but Tatum or Brown should slow down Doncic just enough for the Celtics to score a victory. Also, Jrue Holiday has been outstanding in setting up his teammates. If Holiday is on, the Celtics win and cover.

Mavericks vs. Celtics Betting Trends

  • Dallas is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games.
  • Mavericks are 6-1 SU in its last 7 games.
  • The total went over in 5 of Dallas’ last 6 games.
  • Boston is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games.
  • Celtics are 7-0 SU in its last 7 games.
  • The total went over in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games.

Mavericks vs. Celtics 2024 NBA Playoffs Game 1 Prediction

This should be an entertaining first game. But although the Celtics have played great, have home court advantage, and have rolled in the playoffs, the train stops on Thursday night. Boston hasn’t played a team in the NBA postseason without an injured star.

Jimmy Butler was out when the Celtics beat the Heat. Donovan Mitchell didn’t play in the series victory over the Cavaliers. TJ McConnell had to fill in for Pacers point guard Tyrese Halliburton. In every series, the C’s got to beat up teams that weren’t one hundred percent.

Doncic and Irving are on fire. The duo is making everyone around them better. Not only that, but the Mavericks’ defense is on par with the Celtics’ D and Alex Porzingis remains on the bench due to an injury. The Celtics might pull off a last second victory, but the Mavericks cover the spread.

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