The Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at American Airlines Center.
Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as 2½-point favorites versus the Mavericks, while the game’s total is sitting at 196½.
The Celtics allowed just 13 points in the fourth quarter to earn an 89-77 win over the Hornets last time out. The Celtics covered the 7-point spread, while the 166 points fell UNDER the posted total of 185.5.
Paul Pierce led the way with a game-high 30 points, while Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in that win.
Josh Howard scored 23 points and hauled down six rebounds, as the Mavericks outgunned the Kings 118-100 on Tuesday night.
Dallas cashed as 12-point home favorites as the teams played over the 213-point total listed by sportsbooks.
Dallas has won 2 straight games.
Boston: 43-11 SU, 30-24 ATS
Dallas: 31-20 SU, 24-27 ATS
Boston most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing New Orleans are 3-7
After a win are 8-2
Dallas most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Dallas
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Dallas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’s last 6 games at home
Boston at Utah, Thursday, February 19
Dallas home to New Jersey, Wednesday, February 18