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NBA Dallas Mavs vs. Boston Celtics

February 20, 2012

Mavs Pick

The Boston Celtics face the Dallas Mavericks February 20 in American Airlines Center in Dallas. Boston is in a tailspin now, as they have lost 3 of 4 and are barely hanging on to second place in the Atlantic division and falling further behind division leading Philadelphia. Dallas on the other hand is playing very good and is only two back of San Antonio. The Mavericks have won six straight games.

Boston is a team of savvy veterans that are conserving their energy for a late run later in the season. At 15-14, they are led in scoring by guard Paul Pierce who is averaging 17.3 per game. Kevin Garnett leads the club in rebounding with 7.8 per game. The team has five players scoring in double figures and has a very balanced overall attack. Currently Brandon Bass is injured and his scoring and rebounding has been missed.

The Mavericks current win streak of six is thanks in part to Dirk Nowitzki their higher scorer and team leader. He has regained his form after an early season injury and is averaging 18.6 per game. Veteran playmaker Jason Kidd leads the Mavericks in both assists, with 5.5 per game and steals with 1.6 per game. Dallas has four players averaging in double figures in scoring. Jason Terry a shooting guard is day to day for the Mavericks, while Delonte West is out with a hand injury.

Head to head the two teams are nearly even. Boston is 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS in the last ten games between the two clubs. The total has been UNDER 7 out of the last 10 games the two teams have played. The clubs are averaging 192 points between them over the last ten games.

Boston is struggling mightily and is just 1-3 SU over their last four games. They have lost to Chicago, Detroit and Toronto in that span. The loss to Chicago is understandable but the other two clubs are struggling to say the least.

Dallas is 6-0 SU over their last six games and has defeated strong teams such as division leaders Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Clippers. The game should be a defensive struggle as Boston’s defense is one of the best in the league. Nevertheless, the strength of Dallas should help them to the victory SU. Dallas line is currently -6 but we like the Dallas MoneyLine to protect against a “backdoor cover”.

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Monday, February 20th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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