2019-20 NBA – Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks taking place? Thursday 19th December, 2019 – 02:30 (UK)

Where is Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks taking place? American Airlines Center

What channel is Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks on? ESPN, NBC Sports Boston

Where can I stream Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, Watch ESPN, NBC Sports App

Where can I get tickets for Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Boston Celtics 116 – 106 Dallas Mavericks

THE TEAM NEWS

BOSTON CELTICS

  • The Celtics are in third place of the Eastern Conference ahead of this matchup with a 17-7 record and while they also share a 3-2 mark over their last five games with their opponents it’s worth noting they enter this game on a two-game losing streak. They are coming off a 115-109 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers the last time out.
  • Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart are both dealing with infections and have been listed as questionable ahead of this contest. Plus, Robert Williams has already been ruled out through a hip injury and he won’t return until next year at the earliest.
  • One player to keep an eye for Boston should be Jaylen Brown. The shooting guard signed a contract extension before the start of the season, and he has responded with his best season to date. In 21 games, he is averaging 19.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. All those figures represent career-best marks for the 23-year-old.

DALLAS MAVERICKS

  • Dallas are coming off a huge win over the Milwaukee Bucks, ending Milwaukee’s sizzling run while pushing Dallas to a 3-2 mark over their last five contests. They have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season, and they won a 18-8 record that sits them in third place thus far, only trailing the Clippers and the Lakers.
  • The Mavericks will have to deal with the loss of MVP candidate Luka Doncic, who suffered an ankle sprain during the weekend and could be out two or three weeks. He will be the only absentee for the Mavericks in this one, and Jalen Brunson should replace him in the starting lineup while the Slovenian is out.
  • Kristaps Porzingis should be Dallas’ main scoring threat while Doncic is out, and he responded with a 26-point, 12-rebound performance against the Bucks. He is currently averaging 17.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, but those numbers could increase in the short-term scenario due to the absence of Doncic.

THE PREDICTION

The Celtics should have an edge based on the absence of Luka Doncic for the Mavericks, but Boston could also be without two starters in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. For what it's worth, the Mavericks are proving they can compete without their star guard and are coming off a morale-boosting win over the Bucks, while Boston enter this game on a two-game losing run, posting a less-than-ideal 7-6 mark on the road. All things considered, Dallas could have a slight edge ahead of this contest.

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