Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics 6/17/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Dallas Mavericks (1-3) at Boston Celtics (3-1)

Game Info: Monday, June 17th, 2024 at  8:30 p.m. EST (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Celtics -6.5 (-115) - Over/Under (209.5)

Pick: Celtics -6.5 (-115) 

The Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks will play game number five of the NBA finals here in Boston on Monday night. After taking a three games to zero lead, Boston was unable to complete the sweep back in Dallas earlier this month and now they will close it out in front of their home fans here on Monday. Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will look to once again keep their season alive with a second consecutive victory to extend the series and send it back to Dallas later this week for game six. This should be yet another close and competitive matchup after the blowout we saw in the previous contest.

With their backs against the wall, the Dallas Mavericks fought hard in game number four of the NBA finals at home. It was their best performance of the postseason date as they blew out the Boston Celtics in impressive fashion, and they will look to replicate that performance here on Monday night in Boston as well. Now Dallas has to win yet another game here on Monday night to stay alive once again and take the series back home later this week. They will be searching for a similar performance after blowing out Boston with incredible performances from Luka and Kyrie and that is something they can hope to follow up on throughout game five here on Monday night. 

Dallas wanted to dig deep and find that same intensity if they want to grab a victory on the road in Boston, which is something that has been rather difficult throughout the postseason as the Celtics have only lost twice at home. If Dallas can manage to grab a victory on Monday night could potentially swing. The momentum in this series is back in their favor, and they would have an opportunity to even it up at three back at home later this week. If the Dallas Mavericks can get this series back home to Texas, then we could be witnessing the beginning of one of the most monumental comebacks in the history of the NBA finals.

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After being blown out in their previous game and losing their opportunity to sweep the Dallas Mavericks in four games, Boston will look to bounce back with a win at home. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Boston Celtics to close out the NBA championship in front of their home fans here on Monday night at TD Garden. However, they will be hoping that Dallas didn’t bring any momentum over with them from Texas after their blowout victory last week against the Celtics. Tatum and Brown will have to get back in top notch form throughout this game if Boston wants to lift the NBA title in five games and avoid having to make a return trip to Texas for game six later this week.

They will also need to find a way to shut down Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving throughout this game on Monday night as well as they put up incredible numbers throughout game five that led to Dallas getting such a monumental win. That’ll be the key factor for Boston throughout this game as they have to step it up on the defensive end of the court once again and continue their solid run of play on offense that they had coming into the game last week against Dallas. If Boston can find their groove again, they should have no problem grabbing a victory here on Monday night and ending the NBA finals season with a championship for the first time since 2008.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Boston is 45-6 at home 

- Boston is 16-4 after a loss 

- Dallas is 11-16 as a road underdog 

I expect game number five of the NBA finals to be a close and competitive game between Boston and Dallas here on Monday night at TD Garden. However, in the end, I don’t look for the Dallas Mavericks to continue their magical comeback, as I look for the Boston Celtics to wrap this series up in front of their home fans. Not only do I look for Boston to grab the victory here in this one, but I expect them to ice the game late and cover the spread in the process.

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