Mavs Look to Hold Off Elimination in Game 5


BOSTON, MA — Game 5 of the NBA Finals tips off at 7:30 p.m. in Boston on Monday, where the Dallas Mavericks look to stave off elimination against the Boston Celtics. The Mavericks dominated the Celtics in Game 4 to avoid the sweep, but Boston has another chance in Game 5 to close out the series at home. 

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Celtics -275, Mavericks +220
  • Spread: Celtics -6.5
  • Over/Under: 209.5

The Celtics are 6.5-point favorites over the Mavericks on Monday. After Dallas trounced Boston 122-84 in Game 4, many wondered if Boston decided to take the night off. The Celtics have the opportunity to close out the series on Monday night and win their first title since 2008.

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks


No team has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the history of the NBA Finals. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving need to have big games on the offense for another victory. Doncic scored 29 points, and Irving added 21 points in three quarters before they sat for the rest of Game 4.

The biggest difference in Game 4, as opposed to the first three games, was Doncic’s defensive play. He locked down whoever he matched up against and did not turn the ball over on the offensive side of the floor. The Mavericks still have a steep hill to climb, but never say never.

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