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Mavericks Host Rondo-Led Celtics

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After beating the Pelicans on Saturday night, the Mavs will host the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30 pm CST.

The Celtics are coming off a loss against the Rockets where they shot 1-25 on threes while the Mavs are coming off an impressive win against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

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Land of the Lobs

Tyson Chandler and Brandan Wright were two of the top five lob recipients in the league last year. The tandem have been a rim running force thus far through the season. The Mavs combination of floor spacers and passers create a perfect environment for tons of alley oops. This aspect of the Mavs offense will be especially useful against the Celtic frontcourt. Between Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Tyler Zeller, the Celtics lack a true rim protecter. None of these bigs have athleticism or length to defense Tyson or Wright in the pick and roll. There should be enough lobs to go around for all of the Maverick big men tonight.

Pesky Defenders

The Celtics have a stable of disruptive perimeter defenders with Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart. All three guards are strong and have the ability to pick up ball handlers full court. The Mavs lack of size might be an issue when combating the Celtics length in the passing lanes. This is the only significant advantage I see the Celtics having over the Mavs, but it is one that could really disrupt the offense.

Prediction

Mavs struggle a bit early as the adjust to the Celtics perimeter defense, but then pour it on once the adjustments are made. Tyson Chandler dominates the boards and gives the Mavs plenty of second chance opportunities in a comfortable double-digit win for the Mavs.

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