Mavericks vs. Celtics Spread Prediction
The Boston Celtics will host the struggling Dallas Mavericks at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday night and are laying 5.5 points in the process. Despite the Mavs issues on the hardwood, will they continue their ATS success versus the Celtics?
8:00 p.m. ET, January 4, 2019
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Celtics are 5.5-point favorites to beat the Mavericks. The total, meanwhile, sits at 213.5 points and as of this writing, 66% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Celtics to cover the point spread.
Dallas Mavericks Fantasy Spin
Wesley Matthews (right foot soreness) logged 25 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, scoring 11 points (3-of-7 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Matthews was on the injury report but was always expected to play, and hasn't been limited after missing two games with the foot injury last week. His reduced minutes tonight were simply the result of a lopsided score. He's been a marginal value for the past month, but his value remains heavily concentrated in 3-point shooting (2.2) and steals (1.2), with lousy percentages and little else to offer.
Boston Celtics Fantasy Spin
Gordon Hayward feels his lateral movement has improved since the beginning of the season. "Yeah, man, I think it's slowly getting there," Hayward said. "Like, I think my lateral movement, it's so much better since the beginning of the season. But I think that's pretty close to where it was. I think vertically I still have a little ways to go." After being held scoreless through 22 minutes of action on Monday, Hayward came through with a season-high 35 points during Wednesday's win over the Wolves. He's been inconsistent this year, but it sounds like he's getting more confident playing on that surgically-repaired ankle.
NBA Betting Trends
The over is 5-2 in the Mavericks’ last seven road games and is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.
The over is 4-0 in the Celtics’ last four home games and is 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on one day of rest.
The Mavericks have lost seven of their last 10 games but are also 6-4 against the spread during that span. They’re 8-1 against the number in their last nine games in Boston and are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games versus the Celtics overall, while the road team has covered 20 of the last 28 meetings between these two teams. On top of that, Dallas is also 6-1 against the number in its last seven games overall and is 4-1 in its last five road games.
Friday NBA Prediction: Dallas Mavericks +5.5