Celtics vs. Mavericks Prediction & Picks: Line, Spread, Over/Under – NBA Finals Game 2

The Dallas Mavericks are 6.5-point underdogs heading into Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Sunday, starting at 8:00 PM ET on ABC. The Celtics hold a 1-0 series lead.

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Celtics vs. Mavericks Game Info & Odds

  • Date: Sunday, June 9, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch on TV: ABC
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo (Regional restrictions may apply)
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Venue: TD Garden

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Celtics vs. Mavericks Score Prediction

  • Prediction:
    Celtics 120 – Mavericks 108

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Spread & Total Prediction for Celtics vs. Mavericks

  • Pick ATS: Celtics (- 6.5)
  • Computer Predicted Spread: Celtics (-11.4)
  • Pick OU:
    Over (214.5)
  • Computer Predicted Total: 228.2
  • The Mavericks have a 48-34-0 ATS record this season as opposed to the 43-39-0 mark of the Celtics.
  • When the spread is set as 6.5 or more this season, Boston (32-27) covers a higher percentage of those games when it is the favorite (54.2%) than Dallas (2-6) does as the underdog (25%).
  • When it comes to exceeding the over/under in 2023-24, Dallas and its opponents aren’t as successful (43.9% of the time) as Boston and its opponents (53.7%).
  • The Celtics have a .795 winning percentage as a moneyline favorite (62-16) this season while the Mavericks have a .379 winning percentage as a moneyline underdog (11-18).

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Celtics Performance Insights

  • Everything is clicking for the Celtics, who are scoring 120.6 points per game (second-best in NBA) and surrendering 109.2 points per contest (fifth-best).
  • Boston is top-five this season in rebounding, ranking second-best in the league with 46.3 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 14th with 43.3 rebounds allowed per contest.
  • This year, the Celtics rank 14th in the league in assists, putting up 26.9 per game.
  • Boston ranks worst in the NBA with 11.3 forced turnovers per game, but it has helped negate that by ranking best in the league by averaging 11.3 turnovers per contest.
  • The Celtics have been thriving when it comes to three-point shooting this year, ranking best in the NBA in three-pointers per game (16.5) and second-best in three-point percentage (38.8%).

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Mavericks Performance Insights

  • On offense the Mavericks are the seventh-ranked team in the NBA (117.9 points per game). On defense they are 20th (115.6 points conceded per game).
  • In 2023-24, Dallas is 21st in the NBA in rebounds (42.9 per game) and 25th in rebounds conceded (45.1).
  • The Mavericks are 19th in the NBA in assists (25.7 per game) in 2023-24.
  • Dallas is seventh in the league in turnovers per game (12.1) and 15th in turnovers forced (13).
  • In 2023-24 the Mavericks are third-best in the NBA in 3-point makes (14.6 per game), and they rank No. 13 in 3-point percentage (36.9%).

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