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NBA Betting – Celtics head to Big D to meet red-hot Mavs

Written by Gaby Varji   
Saturday, 20 March 2010 12:07

Celtics vs Mavericks oddsNCAA basketball betting players will even be interested in this Saturday night matchup in Dallas, as the Boston Celtics travel to face the Mavericks, who have won 14 of their last 15 games and have caught up to Denver for the second seed in the Western Conference.

Celtics vs Mavericks odds – Saturday, March 20, 9:00 PM ET

The Celtics had won two in a row before Friday night’s game in Houston, and on Wednesday, they came away with a 109-97 win over New York at home. Paul Pierce celebrated the overall top seed for his alma mater, Kansas, in the 2010 March Madness bracket with 29 points, while Kevin Garnett added 22 points for the Celtics, who shot 50.6% from the field to overcome their 18 turnovers. A 45-37 edge on the glass while holding the Knicks to 41.4% also helped the Celtics on Wednesday.

The Mavericks came back from an embarrassing loss against the Knicks to beat Chicago 113-106 at home on Wednesday, getting 27 points from Caron Butler, along with 26 points from Dirk Nowitzki. We’re betting management on the Mavericks thought this was going to be the guy that picked up from Washington, and while it’s taken Butler a few games to get involved, it has to be different going from a team that had no point guard, to a team that has Jason Kidd, who can set you up perfectly. The Mavericks shot 52.6% from the floor against the Bulls, and they also forced 16 turnovers in the contest.

The Mavericks should be the sportsbook favorites at home in this contest, and this is the second meeting of the season between these two, with the Mavericks taking the first by a score of 99-90 in Boston on January 18th. Nowitzki poured in 37 points on that night for the Mavericks, while Pierce countered with 24 points and Ray Allen added 21 for the Celtics, who just haven’t been able to get any type of consistency this year. It looks to be good down the stretch though, as everyone was healthy, although there is always a worry over Garnett’s knee. The Mavericks have been the best team in the West over the last month, and probably over the entire NBA, and now that Butler is comfortable in the lineup, the sky is the limit for the Mavericks, who don’t have to put so much pressure on Nowitzki now. Butler gives them that second scorer that is needed in the playoffs when stars get the majority of the attention, and the Mavericks will be hoping that he continues his solid play. With the Celtics playing in Houston on Friday, take the Mavericks on Saturday before you go to your March Madness betting odds.

 
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