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Tatum’s Celtics Seeks NBA Finals Win vs. Mavs

The Mavericks and the Celtics will meet on the court at TD Garden on Monday.

(Photo by Getty Images) Jayson Tatum

Dallas (1-3) at Boston (3-1)

  • When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, June 17, 2024
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Where to watch: ABC

Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics

Dallas Mavericks   +210
Boston Celtics   -250

Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics
Point Spread

Dallas Mavericks   6.5 (-110)
Boston Celtics   -6.5 (-110)

Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics

Over   210.0 (-105)
Under   210.0 (-115)

Game Preview

Kyrie Irving, aware of the Boston Celtics’ determination to close out the Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, has unique insight into the situation. Having played for Boston from 2017 to 2019, Irving’s departure to join the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 made him a target for Celtics fans’ criticism. During Games 1 and 2, chants directed at Irving echoed loudly in TD Garden, coinciding with losses for the Mavericks. However, Boston managed to seize a commanding 3-1 series lead after securing a crucial road win in Dallas.

As the Celtics stand on the verge of potentially securing their 18th franchise title, Irving has reflected on his tenure in Boston and seems to have come to terms with his complicated legacy there. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Irving acknowledged that in hindsight, he would have taken more time to connect with the community and learn from the Celtics’ storied champions who preceded him.

"They have a championship pedigree here," Irving said. "There’s an expectation to fully embrace Celtics pride and everything that comes with it. If you don’t, you’re going to face scrutiny. I’m one of those people on the outside now, and I’m okay with that. I brought that upon myself."

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NBA Finals Parlay Picks & Predictions

Final Score: Dallas 106-101
Expert Pick: Dallas (+210) & Under 210 (-115)
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