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The Dallas Mavericks will need a clutch performance to bounce back from a Game 1 blowout. Can Luka Doncic and the Mavs right the ship on Sunday night? Krabs is back with his prediction and pick against the spread for NBA Finals Game 2.
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Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Can Luka Doncic, Mavs Make Adjustments in NBA Finals Game 2?

The Celtics dominated the Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, beating them by nearly 20 points. We’ve seen this Dallas team struggle in the first game of the series in three out of four matchups during their postseason run… will the Mavericks bounce back in Boston for Game 2?

MAVERICKS VS. CELTICS GAME 2 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: June 9, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ABC

MAVERICKS VS. CELTICS GAME 2 ODDS

  • Spread: Mavericks +7 (-110), Celtics -7 (-110)
  • Total Odds: O 214.5 (-110), U 214.5 (-105)
  • Moneyline Odds: Mavericks (+225), Celtics (-255)

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Prediction

After getting smoked for the majority of Game 1 as 6.5-point underdogs, I was surprised to see the Mavericks open up at nearly the same number at +7.5 for Game 2. After catching some steam, Luka and the Mavs are now sitting at the same number they were in Game 1. After getting blown out the other night, the Celtics look like the easiest bet on the board laying the same number from Game 1…

Luka didn’t take over the game like I thought he would the other night. It was Kyrie who was leading the charge, but he shot 31% from the field and 0-5 from three. It was clear that the Boston crowd was getting to the Mavs star point guard in the first game of this series. After a poor shooting performance, I’m expecting the offense to run through Luka in Game 2, which should give the Mavs an advantage.

The Celtics had the biggest lead after one quarter in NBA Finals history the other night. They were up 37-20 after one of the greatest starts to an NBA Finals game I’ve ever seen. Then the Mavs started to heat up, bringing the game to within 8 points before the Celtics pulled away again. I liked what I saw out of the Mavericks after the first quarter, and if Kyrie didn’t have one of his worst shooting performances in recent history, the Mavs could’ve stolen Game 1 from the Celtics.

Jason Kidd has made some great adjustments this postseason after the first game of the series. I’m not expecting anything different tonight. Instead, I’m leaning into Kidd’s second game adjustments, and backing the Mavericks to cover in Game 2. I love the fact that they are getting the same amount of points on the spread that they were when they got “blown out” on Friday, but in reality, that game was closer than the final score depicted.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics Game 2 Pick

Pick: DAL +6.5 (-110) CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH SPORTSBOOK HAS THE BEST ODDS

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Krabs is a contrarian bettor who isn’t afraid to fade the public or go against the grain. His betting style not only produces winners but has changed the way many think about the sports betting process. You’ll find Krabs betting on anything from the NFL (at a 60% clip in 2022) to the KBO (8-1-1 in 2022). You won’t find many handicappers with more college basketball knowledge or insight than Krabs. A native of the “DMV,” you can find his work @Krabs_Bets on Twitter, or on Behind the Lines, his daily sports betting show on twitch.

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