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Doncic’s Mavs Aim for Boost to Avoid 3-0 Deficit vs. Celtics

American Airlines Center has NBA Finals game on tap as the Celtics and the Mavericks will both be trying to pick up a win.

(Photo by Getty Images) Luka Doncic

Boston (2-0) at Dallas (0-2)

  • When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Where to watch: ABC

Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks

Boston Celtics   +120
Dallas Mavericks   -140

Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks
Point Spread

Boston Celtics   2.5 (-110)
Dallas Mavericks   -2.5 (-110)

Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks

Over   213.5 (-110)
Under   213.5 (-110)

Game Preview

The NBA Finals heads into a crucial Game 3, offering two contrasting scenarios: either the Boston Celtics secure a formidable 3-0 advantage, edging closer to their first title since 2008, or the Dallas Mavericks ignite some momentum, signaling a potential shift in what has thus far been a lopsided series.

With a 2-0 lead, Boston holds the upper hand, backed by historical precedent, as 31 out of 36 teams in similar situations went on to clinch the NBA Finals. So, what’s the Celtics’ strategy heading into Game 3, aiming to uphold their flawless 6-0 road record in the playoffs?

"We need to exhibit greater hunger," emphasized Boston guard Jrue Holiday. "Our focus is on executing our game plan."

Despite offensive struggles, such as a 3-point shooting percentage of just 25.6% (10 of 39) in Game 2, the Celtics have showcased their depth and talent advantage early in the series.

On the flip side, the Mavericks must not place all their hopes on Luka Doncic alone. Despite his impressive triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in Game 2, resulting in a 105-98 defeat against Boston, Doncic’s performance came amid uncertainties. He was listed as questionable for the game due to a chest injury sustained in Game 1, adding to ongoing concerns regarding his right knee and left ankle.

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Final Score: Dallas 107-102
Expert Pick: Dallas -2½ & Under 213½
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