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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Mavericks

Chuck - Red's Army March 22, 2013 Gametime, Previews 13 Comments

Tip: 8:30PM     Court: American Airlines Center     Watch it: CSNNE    Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Ed Malloy, Bennie Adams and Leroy Richardson

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The Matchup

Record: 36-31 Record: 32-36
On road: 12-21 At home: 18-14
Streak: Lost 2 Streak: Lost 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.7 ppg) Buckets: OJ Mayo (16.7 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.7 rpg) Boards: Shawn Marion (7.9 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.7 apg) Dimes: Darren Collison (5.2 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.5 (24th NBA) Offensive Rating: 105.7 (15th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.1 (4th NBA) Defensive Rating: 106.6 (19th NBA)
Pace: 91.4 (18th NBA) Pace: 94.5 (5th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics beat the Mavericks 117-115 in a double overtime mess back in December. Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 16 assists and 9 rebounds in 52 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki did not play.

This time

Get it to:  Avery Bradley/C ourtney Lee

One could argue that OJ Mayo is the Mavs’ worst defender (0.917 ppp, 27th percentile). IF the Celtics move the ball, Bradley and Lee might find themselves open on the perimeter or under the basket.

Gotta stop:  Dirk Nowitzki

After missing 27 games at the start of the season, Dirk is starting to come around. He’s shooting 52% and 45% 3 FG in March. One thing to consider; Dirk loves playing the Celtics. His 26.9 scoring average in 26 games versus Boston is his highest against any team.

The Wild Card: Jason Terry

JET returns to Dallas for the first time in a Boston uniform.  I expect him to come out gunning. Hell, he’s already predicting his 1st shot tonight will be a three. One thing to consider - his horrible road shooting percentage. It’s 12% lower.

How we see it goin’ down

Dallas may be 4 games under .500, but they are still a dangerous offensive team. They rank 6th in 3-point shooting percentage and 7th in turnovers.  Shawn Marion returns tonight after missing 8 games with a calf injury. He will provide a boost to a Mavs team that ranks 27th in ppg. Unfortunately, playing a poor defensive team doesn’t always translate well for the Celtics (see losses to NO and Charlotte).

I don’t have any faith in the Celtics winning on the road against a decent team.

Celtics 96

Mavericks 99

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  • eddysamson

    Wait didnt the C’s already play the Mavs in Dallas back when they had the Texas road trip? so its not JET’s first time back?

    • Nash

      They didn’t play them during the trip they played in Boston last. We only play western conference teams in their house once a year.

      • eddysamson

        Yeah I just checked and saw that. I guess I assumed since we played both the Rockets and Spurs away during the same week as the Mavs game that it was a full Texas road trip.

  • http://twitter.com/KWAPT KWAPT

    Sorry Jet. Time to close your mouth and let your game do the talking..next time you brag should only be from a Duck Boat. Seriously-I understand being confident, mental warfare, yada yada, but enough already. Just play my man.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    I’m glad you predicted a loss. Reverse jynx… I hope this is not the last time I see KG play in person

  • forever_green

    I predict a C’s win in Jet’s return,
    Celtics 95
    Mav’s 88

  • JB

    So do the “cool” Celtics show up tonight to rack up their losses Or do we get a team that is trying to play for a Championship?!!

  • Nate Bishop

    They really need this game with the game at Memphis looming tomorrow night. I think they’ll get it done.

  • http://twitter.com/fsaigh fred saigh

    94-88 Celtics

  • http://twitter.com/RtChampionship roadtochampionship

    Go #Celtics

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyler.zerr Kyler Zerr

    we’re getting crapped on…

    • http://www.facebook.com/kyler.zerr Kyler Zerr

      its over

  • Bleedgreen

    Well so far it’s not gone as planned