Celtics vs Mavericks Prediction, Picks & Player Props

By | January 5, 2023

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics travel to Big D to take on Luka Dončić and the Mavericks in a battle of two powerhouses from the Eastern and Western conferences.

On this Thursday Night showdown, we get two of the midseason MVP frontrunners going head-to-head in what should be a back and forth affair full of lots of drama.

Keep reading for my analysis, a game prediction, and a MUST BET player prop!

Luka Continues to Amaze

The NBA is so fun to watch right now, maybe the best product the league has put out in a decade.

The stars are shining as brightly as ever, and one of the brightest has been Luka.

Averaging almost a triple-double since Christmas, Dončić has truly put the Mavericks on his back and is carrying them right now scoring, rebounding and facilitating.

Not only is he averaging 43.4 PPG since Christmas, he is averaging 35 PPG on the season, shooting 50.7% from the floor.

The Mavericks currently sit 4th in the West, are 8-2 in their last 10 games and have won 7 straight.

And most of that success is because of the outstanding play of Dončić.

He will be on full display tonight against the best in the East and another MVP candidate in Jayson Tatum.

Best in the East?

The Celtics currently sit atop the East but their hot start has faded, especially recently.

The Celtics are 5-5 in their last 10, and have lost 2 straight, one of which being to the Thunder without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

The Celtics need to get right and start playing more fundamentally sound basketball, especially on the defensive end.

They have allowed 123 and 150 points in their past 2 games and will need to tighten it up tonight against Luka and the 3 point shooters for the Mavs.

On the offensive end, the game will most certainly run through Superstar Jayson Tatum.

Tatum is averaging 30 PPG and is shooting 50% from the floor as well and has 30+ in 2 of the last 3 matchups against the Mavericks.

This will be a Luka vs Tatum night I have no doubt and whichever guy has more opportunities to shine will most likely come out on top.


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  • Celtics -3 (-108)
  • Mavericks +3 (-112)


  • Celtics (-144)
  • Mavericks (+122)


  • Over 231.5 (-110)
  • under 231.5 (-110)


I am so excited to watch this game.

It is going to be a playoff-type atmosphere at American Airlines Center tonight and I think the stars are going to shine brightly, all night long.

I think it is going to come down to the wire but I am going to ride with Luka at home to get the job done and help the Mavericks at least cover the 3 points, and quite possibly grab a big win at home.

Best Bet

Mavericks +3 (-112)

Consensus Pick

Mavericks +3 (-112)

Prop of the Game

Luka Dončić o34.5 pts (-125) FanDuel

I talked about this on MORNING COFFEE on our Twitch channel this morning so you can give that a watch here.

Betting on the stars in the NBA right now is too good to pass up and given how they are all playing, it just makes sense.

They are all going out on a nightly basis trying to show each other up and Luka is the head of the party.

He has 35+ points in 4 straight and 5 of his last 6 games, with 2 50 point and a 60 point night thrown in there.

Just another day at the office.

He also had 42 when the Mavs fell to the Celtics earlier this season in Boston.

I expect more of the same from Luka again tonight.


40+ Points (+210)

Happy New Year! Enjoy this game and all the other NBA games on tonight!

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