NBA Game Preview (3/1/24) – Mavericks Vs. Celtics: Betting Odds & Starting Lineups

Written By Editorial Team on March 1, 2024 - Last Updated on March 7, 2024
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The Boston Celtics will tip off against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET for an NBA game at TD Garden in Boston. The game will air on ESPN.

Mavericks vs. Celtics pregame odds

The current odds from various sportsbooks for the game are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Celtics -9.5 point spread, over/under 235.5
  • FanDuel: Celtics -10.0 point spread, over/under 235.5
  • Caesars: Celtics -9.5 point spread, over/under 235.5
  • BetMGM: Celtics -9.5 point spread, over/under 235.5

Odds are subject to change and vary between sportsbooks.

Mavericks vs. Celtics projected starting lineups


PG: Luka Doncic (game-time decision)
SG: Kyrie Irving
SF: Josh Green
PF: P.J. Washington
C: Dereck Lively


PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis


Mavericks guard Luka Doncic is questionable for Friday’s game due to a left ankle sprain incurred during Wednesday’s win against the Toronto Raptors. He will be a game-time decision for Friday’s game vs. the Celtics.

Team standings and stats for today’s game


The Dallas Mavericks are 34-25 and rank seventh in the Western Conference. Last time out, they defeated the Toronto Raptors by a score of 136-125. The Mavericks are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

  • Points per game: 118.9 (7th)
  • Points per game allowed: 117.6 (21st)
  • Rebounds per game: 41.9 (23rd)
  • Assists per game: 25.4 (22nd)
  • FG%: 48% (13th)
  • 3PT%: 37.5% (10th)


The Boston Celtics are 46-12, good for first in the Eastern Conference. In their most recent game, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 117-99. The Celtics have been on a winning streak, with victories in their last nine games.

  • Points per game: 120.7 (4th)
  • Points per game allowed: 110.2 (5th)
  • Rebounds per game: 47.1 (1st)
  • Assists per game: 26.2 (19th)
  • FG%: 48.4% (10th)
  • 3PT%: 38.2% (4th)

Player stats


Below are the top five players from the Mavericks’ most recent game vs. the Toronto Raptors.

  • Luka Doncic: 30 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists
  • Kyrie Irving: 29 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
  • P.J. Washington: 23 points, 6 rebounds
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Josh Green: 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist

Here are the Mavericks’ season leaders heading into Friday’s game vs. Boston:

  • Doncic: Leads the NBA with 34.4 points per game to go along with 8.8 rebounds per game and 9.7 assists per game
  • Irving: 25.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 5.2 APG
  • Hardaway Jr: 16.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 1.7 APG
  • Washington: 10.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 1.4 APG
  • Green: 9 PPG, 3.3 RPG and 2.5 APG


Below are the top five players from the Celtics’ most recent game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Jaylen Brown: 31 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Jayson Tatum: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 23 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Jrue Holiday: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Derrick White: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

The Celtics’ season leaders heading into Friday’s game are as follows:

  • Tatum: 27.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 4.9 APG
  • Brown: 22.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 3.7 APG
  • Porzingis: 20.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG and 1.9 APG
  • White: 15.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 4.8 APG
  • Holiday: 13.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 4.8 APG
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