Boston Celtics versus Dallas Mavericks Game Preview

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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