The Dallas Mavericks begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday night against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. It is a tough swing that is followed by heading home for just one game versus the reigning NBA champions. Luka Doncic needs to stay hot, and the rest of the Mavs roster must get on track in a hurry as the schedule stiffens.
The Celtics have the best record in the NBA, and Jayson Tatum is firmly in the MVP conversation. Boston had won nine straight games before losing to the Bulls on Monday night. They will be eager to get back in the win column on Wednesday night against the Mavs.
Fans will not want to miss the Nov. 23 showdown as the national television audience joins for this contest. Here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more as the Mavs face the Celtics.
Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics odds, spread, over/under
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, the Celtics are 4.5-point favorites heading into Wednesday’s contest, and the Mavs sit at plus-152 on the moneyline. The over/under for the contest is 218.5.
FanDuel will have all the player props fans desire, so please check their site closer to tipoff if you are looking for some action.
Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics injury report
Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s loss to the Nuggets, and he is listed as questionable to face the Celtics. Maxi Kleber has missed three straight games with a back injury, but he was upgraded to doubtful ahead of Wednesday’s game in Boston. Jaden Hardy, Tyler Dorsey, and McKinley Wright IV did not make the trip as they are on G League assignment.
Jayson Tatum is listed as questionable for the Celtics with an ankle sprain. Boston will be without Robert Williams (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (knee), but they are only three players listed on the NBA’s official injury report before the Nov. 23 contest.
Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics how to watch
Start time: 6:30 p.m. CT or 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channels: ESPN (national), Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavericks' local market), Altitude (Denver's local market)
How to watch online: ESPN app, Bally Sports-plus, or FUBO.tv
Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics predictions
For his career, Luka Doncic averages 27.7 points per game against the Celtics on 52.8 percent shooting from the field and 52.5 percent on his 3-point tries. The 23-year-old superstar loves facing Boston, and he again goes off at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. Luka finishes with a 35-point triple-double, but it is not enough as the Celtics pick up the win.
Keep an eye on the status of Spencer Dinwiddie. If he is forced to miss this game, Facundo Campazzo will jump into the rotation, and head coach Jason Kidd will have more minutes for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Green. The team will miss Dinwiddie’s ball handling, and that could be a significant story on Wednesday night.
Dallas Mavericks' next game and schedule
The Mavs begin one of their toughest stretches of the season on Wednesday night in Boston. It is the first of a three-game road trip before heading home to face the defending champions. Here is a look at the Mavericks' next three games after their trip to Boston.
Nov. 26 at Toronto Raptors at 4:00 p.m. CT
Nov. 27 at Milwaukee Bucks at 7:00 p.m. CT
Nov. 29 vs Golden State Warriors at 6:30 p.m. CT
The Dallas Mavericks have lost two of their last three games, and they need to start stringing together wins if they want to avoid the play-in tournament in the crowded Western Conference. The schedule is tough, so stay tuned to see how Luka Doncic and company respond.
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