2024 NBA Final Game 1 Preview – Mavericks vs Celtics

2024 NBA Final Game 1 Preview – Mavericks vs Celtics

The first game of the NBA Finals will take place on Thursday night at TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics will face off against the Dallas Mavericks. In our 2024 NBA Final Game 1 Preview, we go over what each team will bring to this first game. So far, the Celtics have been dominant in the Eastern Conference and are considered strong favorites for the series. However, despite being the lower seed in all three of their previous series, the Mavericks have shown resilience.

2024 NBA Final Game 1 PreviewThis marks the inaugural encounter between these two teams in the Finals. The Celtics emerged victorious in the Eastern Conference finals by sweeping the Indiana Pacers, while the Mavericks secured their spot in the championship round by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves in five games in the West.

The upcoming series is eagerly awaited and will showcase an exciting matchup between Luka Doncic-Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown, either of whom could potentially be crowned Finals MVP. Additionally, Kristaps Porzingis will make a comeback to the court following his recovery from a right calf strain suffered in the first round.

For bookies looking to make basketball more profitable, this is the perfect time to start offering more player prop bets. This is because as the game heats up, gamblers tend to place more prop bets on top of their regular basketball wager. Thus, make sure that your prop bet generator is working before the game starts!

2024 NBA Final Game 1 Preview

How the Dallas Mavericks made it to the NBA Finals

The Fifth seeded Mavericks, have emerged victorious in seven out of their initial nine away games in the playoffs. In addition, they are currently placed fourth in terms of offensive efficiency. In their recent game on Thursday, Dallas swiftly built a 16-point advantage in the first quarter. Furthermore, they were able to maintain a remarkable 55 percent shooting accuracy from the field. Thus, they won 124-103 win over Minnesota on the road.

Both All-Star players, G Luka Doncic and G Kyrie Irving, showcased an outstanding performance by scoring 36 points each. This is in addition to having a combined shooting percentage of 28-for-51. Doncic also contributed significantly with ten rebounds and five assists. For his part, P.J. Washington made 12 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks.

How the Boston Celtics made it to the NBA Finals

How the Boston Celtics made it to the NBA FinalsThe Celtics have won both regular-season matchups between the two teams. With a 4-0 record over the past two seasons, the Celtics will look to continue their winning streak on Thursday. This promises to be an exciting start to the series.

The Celtics have been on fire at home this season, winning 37 games at home during the regular season. They are currently aiming to secure their first NBA title since 2008. As the top-seeded team, the Celtics have demonstrated exceptional offensive efficiency in the playoffs. This includes winning six out of their first eight home games.

In their most recent game, Boston made 14 out of 44 three-point attempts. This led to a 105-102 victory on the road against Indiana, completing a series sweep. During the game, All-Star guard Jaylen Brown led the team with 29 points. In addition, he shot 11-for-22 from the field and grabbing six rebounds.

All-Star forward Jayson Tatum also did his part with a significant 26 points (11-26 FG) contribution. This is in addition to having 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Additionally, Jrue Holiday chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics.

NBA Finals Betting Game 1 Betting Odds – Mavericks vs Celtics

For this matchup and probably for the entire NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics are the favorite team to win. However, with luck, bettors will be able to find some advantageous lines that will help them make a profit!

Here are the latest odds from our the PricePerPlayer.com Pregame Line Platform Solution.

Team Pointspread Total MoneyLine
Dallas Mavericks  +6.5 (-112)  O215.5 (-110) +200
Boston Celtics  -6.5 (-108)  U215 .5(-108)  -245

 

Mavericks vs Celtics NBA Finals Game 1 Predictions

Boston has been extremely successful during the regular season and the NBA playoffs. In addition, they have also been dominant against Dallas for the past two years. They are poised to continue their dominance in game one, especially since they are playing at home.

Boston has one of the strongest home court advantages in the league. With players like Brown and Tatum, they have the length to excel on the perimeter. Furthermore, their gameplan will allow them to dominate the frontcourt as well.

This Celtics have the ability to defend both individually and as a team, showcasing their versatility on the defensive end. They have consistently covered the spread in their previous four matchups against Dallas. Thus, they are likely to extend that streak to five in this game.

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