Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Mavericks vs. Celtics odds, score prediction, time: 2024 NBA Finals picks, Game 5 best bets by proven model

The Dallas Mavericks head back to TD Garden to square off against the Boston Celtics for Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals on Monday evening. After getting cooked for the first three games, Dallas bounced back in Game 4. The Mavs dominated Boston 122-84 to snag their first victory of the 2024 NBA Finals. The 38-point win was the third-largest win in NBA Finals history. 

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics are 6.5-point favorites in the latest Mavericks vs. Celtics odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 209.5. Before making any Celtics vs. Mavericks picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model entered the 2024 NBA Finals on a sizzling 94-61 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,800. Anyone following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Mavericks vs. Celtics and just locked in its picks and NBA Finals predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Celtics vs. Mavericks:

  • Mavericks vs. Celtics spread: Boston -6.5
  • Mavericks vs. Celtics over/under: 209.5 points 
  • Mavericks vs. Celtics money line: Boston -286, Dallas +228
  • BOS: The Celtics are 5-0 in their past five games at home
  • DAL: The Mavs are 1-7 in their last eight games against Boston
  • Mavericks vs. Celtics picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Celtics can cover

Guard Jaylen Brown has played at a high level throughout the NBA playoffs. Brown has a quick first step to explode to the rim but has a smooth jumper from the outside. The California product also uses his length to be a disruptive defender. In the 2024 NBA playoffs, Brown is averaging 24.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. In the Game 3 victory, the 27-year-old finished with 30 points, eight boards, and eight assists.

Guard Jrue Holiday is a veteran playmaker in Boston’s backcourt. Holiday plays with terrific instincts to defend multiple positions. The UCLA product can also score from all three levels when needed. In the 2024 NBA Finals, Holiday is averaging 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. In the Game 2 win, he stuffed the stat sheet with 26 points and 11 rebounds. See which team to pick here.

Why the Mavericks can cover

Dallas came out hungry and was ready to play in Game 4. The Mavericks played suffocating defense and forced Boston into difficult shots the entire night. Boston shot 36.3% from the field and 34% from beyond the arc. The Mavs also cooked the Celtics in the paint, outscoring Boston 60-26. In addition, Dallas had 54 bench points in Friday’s win.

The Mavs had multiple players step up to secure the win. Dallas had five players score in double figures, including three players off the bench. Guard Luka Doncic continues to be a dominant playmaker on the court. He scored a team-high 29 points with five rebounds and five assists. He’s dropped at least 27 points in all four games thus far against the Celtics. See which team to pick here.

How to make Celtics vs. Mavericks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 215 points. The model also says one side hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Mavericks, and which side has hits in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is 94-61 on top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.  

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