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Mavericks vs Celtics: Doncic-led Mavericks head into Boston Friday night

Mavericks vs Celtics NBA odds, spreads and predictions

Game information

When is it? Friday January 4th

What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? TD Garden

Which channel is it on? ESPN

The Dallas Mavericks will travel to TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics and Mavericks each started 2019 with a victory.

Which team will make it two games in a row on Friday night?

The lowdown

For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 122-84 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

Dennis Smith Jr. added 18 points, seven assists and three steals, Harrison Barnes contributed 17 points and four rebounds, while Dwight Powell chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block off the bench for the Mavericks.

The Celtics also came away with a big victory on Wednesday.

Behind a game-high 35 points from Gordon Hayward, the Celtics came away with a 115-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Terry Rozier contributed 16 points, three rebounds, five assists and five steals, Al Horford added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Marcus Morris chipped in 12 points for the Celtics.

Boston will shift its attention toward the Mavericks on Friday.

Mavericks vs Celtics Spread

The Boston Celtics are giving the Mavericks 4.5 points in this basketball matchup.

Despite being a well-oiled machine at home, Dallas tends to struggle on the road. There's a reason the Mavericks have only one win on the road since November 28.

Take the Celtics giving the 4.5 points in this one.

Mavericks vs Celtics Over/Under

The over/under in this one is set at 225 total points.

My final score prediction: Boston Celtics 108, Dallas Mavericks 102.

Roll with the under in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Celtics started a four-game home stretch on Wednesday night by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves despite missing Kyrie Irving, who suffered an eye injury on Monday night in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

With Irving out, Hayward rose to the occasion. He was scoreless against San Antonio but came away with 35 points off the bench in the 115-102 win over Minnesota. Hayward will look to stay hot against the Mavericks, especially if Irving misses yet another game.

Dallas, on the other hand, heads to Boston after a 122-84 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The Mavericks came away with a franchise-record 10 made 3-pointers in the first quarter, and they snapped a nine-game road losing streak. It was the Mavericks' first win on the road since November 28.

The Mavericks, who are 15-3 so far this season at home, are led by rookie Luka Doncic.

Dallas is looking for a season sweep of the Celtics after the Mavericks came away with a 113-104 victory on November 24.

Doncic, a favorite to come away with the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the win over Charlotte on Wednesday. Doncic is averaging 23.0 points, 6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in his last five games.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NBA