Dallas Mavericks facing the Celtics in Boston will give them a playoff feel

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks began a five-game road trip with an impressive bounce-back win over the Rockets on March 11, but things get tougher from here. They travel to the east coast to take on four teams fighting for playoff positioning starting against the Boston Celtics on March 13. Luka Doncic and the Mavs are unlikely to face Celtics in the postseason, but Sunday afternoon’s game will have a playoff feel.

Boston has won five straight and 16 of their last 18 games to charge into fifth in the Eastern Conference. They are one of the league’s hottest teams and have lost just one game at home since Jan. 21.

Both teams are locked into tight playoff races and plan on winning Sunday’s game. Luka will be ready to put on a show as the game will air in prime time over in Europe. Expect a sellout crowd at the TD Garden in what will be a playoff-like test for both squads.

Dallas Mavericks take on Celtics in Boston in playoff dress rehearsal

Sunday’s game will not count for more in the standings, but there will be added spice. Both teams are looking to move into the top four and secure homecourt in the first round. They know every game is crucial and will be battling it out until the bitter end on March 13.

The Dallas Mavericks have a unique opportunity as they travel to Boston because it will be a playoff atmosphere and preview inside the TD Garden. Here is a look at four reasons why the Mavs will get a postseason feel on Sunday afternoon.