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Mavericks vs Celtics: Dallas to shrug off Doncic KO again

Tip-off: 0235, 19/12/2019

Stadium: American Airlines Center

TV: Sky Sports

Dallas superstar Luka Doncic will again be missing when Boston visit American Airlines Center but we still feel the Mavericks are a value pick at home.

The Celtics are coming off back-to-back losses to Philadelphia and Indiana, which left their record on the road this season at a moderate 7-6.

In a battle of Eastern and Western Conference third-placed teams, 11/10 for Dallas in front of their own fans is tempting enough to be our first Mavericks vs Celtics prediction.

A Look At Dallas Mavericks’ Betting Odds

Doncic sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Sunday’s overtime defeat in Miami, but Dallas overcame his absence to edge out high-flying Milwaukee 120-116 away from home.

The 2018-19 Rookie of the Year is averaging 29.3 points per game this term and also leads the Mavericks in assists and rebounds, so he will always leave a huge hole to fill.

However, Dallas dug deep and showed great spirit to end the Bucks’ run of 18 consecutive victories, despite trailing by 14 early on and conceding 48 points to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“We did a lot of good things out there,” said Kristaps Porzingis. “We still have a lot to work on, we have a lot of room to grow as a team, but this was a step forward for us.”

Seth Curry and Porzingis shone for Dallas with 26 points each, as they soared to 10-2 on the road.

This promises to be another tight tussle, but 17/4 for a home win by 1-5 points appeals from the Mavericks vs Celtics odds.

A Look At Boston Celtics’ Betting Odds

Boston have had five days to recover from losing to the 76ers and the Pacers on consecutive nights last week, which included a first home defeat of the campaign versus Philadelphia.

Dallas will have to watch out for Kemba Walker, who has been in red-hot form for the Celtics in recent weeks.

He has averaged 26.75 points over their last eight contests, buoyed by individual tallies of 44 and 39.

That makes 4/5 for the veteran point guard to bag more than 23 here worth a saver in our Mavericks vs Celtics betting tips.

However, injuries to Marcus Smart (eye) and Robert Williams (hip) have hurt the visitors, who have struggled to get their front five together all term.

A lack of strength in depth has been exposed before and we’re on Boston to come up just short once more.

Additional stats

Last result:

Milwaukee 116-120 DALLAS

BOSTON 109-115 Philadelphia

Head-to-head: Boston 116-106 Dallas, Boston 114-93 Dallas, Dallas 113-104 Boston, Boston 97-90 Dallas

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