Celtics versus Mavericks Preview
The teams with the best and worst records in the NBA will meet Monday night when the Boston Celtics put their 15-game winning streak on the line at the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics’ run is the fifth-longest in franchise history – four shy of matching the record set in 2008-09 – but they’ve had to come from behind in many of their recent victories, including Saturday’s 110-99 triumph in Atlanta. The Lakers versus Suns will be broadcast at 8:30pm on NBCS Boston and FS Southwest. Play this game as part of Monday GoW cross sports contest starting at 8:30pm ET.
Boston has trailed at halftime in four of its last five contests and in the fifth – Tuesday at Brooklyn – it was tied at the break. The Mavericks have been easy pickings for most teams this season but turned the tables on Milwaukee on Saturday with a shocking 111-79 triumph. Wesley Matthews scored 22 points and led the team’s best 3-point shooting effort of the season (19-for-38) with a 6-for-8 performance.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (15-2)
Kyrie Irving has been a galvanizing force for Boston but quietly had some shooting woes and entered Atlanta at a career-low 42.9 percent from the floor and 31.9 percent from long range. In his third game wearing a mask to protect facial fractures, he reversed that trend in a significant way by going 10-for-12 overall and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc en route to 30 points, just a bit better than Jaylen Brown’s career-high 27.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (3-14)
Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak that included a 24-point home loss to Minnesota on Friday and seemed to really need a cakewalk like the one that came one night later. Dwight Powell came off the bench to tie a career high with 13 rebounds to help the Mavericks win the battle of the boards 49-38.