Boston at Dallas
Time: 7:30 PM CT (NBA LP)
Spread: BOS -2
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Dallas Mavericks are hot. The Boston Celtics are hotter.
The Dallas Mavericks have come around and begun to make a postseason push, while the Celtics continue to roll as winners of 9 of its past 10 and possessors of the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Boston is 14-11 on the road this season and will enter Dallas as 2-point favorites in NBA action at 7:30 PM (Central) on NBA League Pass.
Boston is 14-11 on the road this season and will enter Dallas as 2-point favorites in NBA action at 7:30 PM (Central) on NBA League Pass.
Dallas has won its past two contests over the Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic, and has won 7 of its past 10 to draw to 22-32 on the season. Dirk Nowitzki is rounding into form and looking more and more Dirk-like, and it appears as though the free agency gamble on Small forward Harrison Barnes has paid off handsomely. Nowitzki has been functioning as a center in recent times with Andrew Bogut still on the shelf, but Dirk’s 7-foot frame and array of post moves have suited him well for the role. Over his past 10 games, Nowitzki has averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from
Over his past 10 games, Nowitzki has averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from field. He had 14 points and six rebounds against Orlando in a 112-80 stomping, playing just 18 minutes and hitting 6 of 12 from the floor. In the previous two games, Nowitzki averaged 33.5 minutes per game while averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. For the true threats to take Dallas seriously, it is going to require Nowitzki to play more at that typical level of his, though Dallas is tough veteran team that has benefitted a lot from the emergence of one hot youngster.
Yogi Ferrell has now proven himself to be a legitimate NBA guard, and far more so, even. He had 10 points and seven assists in 32 minutes off the bench against the Magic. Ferrell has averaged 14.6 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 43.3 percent from the field over the past 10 games, and after coming out of Indiana undrafted this is redemption for the 23-year-old point guard. Ferrell was signed for the remainder of the season with an extension, and his NBA talent is no longer in question. Though just 6’0” and 180 pounds, Ferrell is a deadeye shooter and has connected on 39.7 percent of his triples on 3.8 attempts per game. He appears to be the find of the
Though just 6’0” and 180 pounds, Ferrell is a deadeye shooter and has connected on 39.7 percent of his triples on 3.8 attempts per game. He appears to be the find of the year, and has been insturmental in salving what many assumed was going to be a lost season for Dallas. The Mavericks still have little hope of ascending past the No. 8 spot and eventual first round ousting by Golden State, but even that is salvaging a lot as the Mavericks figure out how to handle both rebuilding and rostering a declining legend in Nowitzki.
Boston’s story has been the dominance of another even smaller guard, 5-foot-9 All-Star Isaiah Thomas. Thomas has proven himself to the the best under-6 foot scorer in NBA history, unarguably, and is posting close to 30 points per game this season while becoming known as a fourth quarter, clutch killer. For howsoever big his defensive issues may be, he is an elite scorer and an absolute must for Boston when it closes out close games.
Thomas has averaged 33.6 points and 6.9 assists over the past 10 games, and he had 29 points and five assists in Boston’s 112-104 win over the Utah Jazz. Thomas has not scored under 25 points since Jan. 6, and that streak may just last the remainder of the season. He is averaging 20.3 field goal attempts per game in the month of February and shooting 47.5 percent on those looks. Thomas is the key to the Celtics, and in the 2011 draft 29 teams and 59 picks elapsed before Thomas got his call at No. 60 overall. There may be no better underdog story at the point guard position.