Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics
Wednesday, 12/12/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: Boston -6
Current Betting Line: Boston -6
Opening Total: 195
Current Total: 195
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Dallas has won three games in a row, including a 119-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings as six-point home favorites, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests. The Mavericks are 4-7 on the road this season, including a 1-5 mark versus Eastern Conference foes. The franchise swept two meetings against Boston a year ago, but will not have forward Dirk Nowitzki to lean on, who averaged a team highs in points and rebounds. Dallas is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
The Mavericks are led offensively by guard O.J. Mayo, who is averaging 20.8 points per game, which has been made possible due to ranking second in the NBA in 61 makes from beyond the arc. Dallas had six players score in double figures against Sacramento, while it posted its second-highest scoring total of the 2012-13 campaign. Offensively, the team is averaging 110.7 points on 50 percent shooting during its current win streak, with opponents scoring just 99.7 points per game.
Boston has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, as it comes off a 92-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as six-point home favorites on Saturday. The Celtics are 6-4 at home this season, including a 3-1 mark when facing Western Conference foes. The franchise has gone 1-3 ATS in the last four meetings in this particular series, with the UNDER cashing in three of those affairs. Boston is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games versus Southwest division opponents.
The Celtics averaged just 79.0 points per game versus the Mavericks a year ago, while they were out-rebounded by a 47.0-to-39.5 margin. Boston’s offense is directed by Rajon Rondo, who is actually leading all guards in shooting 51.4 percent from the field, as he’s averaging 13.0 points and 12.8 assists per game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Celtics due to their 6-1-1 ATS mark at home versus a team with a road win percentage of 40 percent or less, while the Mavericks are 2-6 ATS following a SU win.
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