NBA Finals Game 2 Betting Prediction

Mavericks Path to Finals:

Luka Doncic is on his first trip to the finals, despite battling a knee sprain through majority of playoffs. Mavs took out Clippers in the 1st round in 6 games as Luka avg 29.8 PPG 9.5 AST 8.8 REB in that series. They then went on to take out the 1 seed OKC Thunder but the role players stepped up in this series as the defensive schemes were shutting down the star Dallas backcourt. PJ Washington had 17.7 PPG 8.3 REB and Derrick Jones Jr. added 12.8 PPG in the series against OKC. Then in the WCF it was back to the star studded backcourt as Kyrie and Luka combined to average 59.4 PPG 12.8 AST 11.8 REB as they beat the Wolves in 5 games. 

Celtics Path to Finals:

The NBA best 64-18 Celtics continued to look like the best team as they tore through the Eastern Conference. They did most of it without star center Porzingis but did have the blessing of injury ridden opponents. Derrick White was the story in the 1st round as Celtics beat Miami in 5 games (who was without top scorers Butler and Rozier). White had 22.4 ppg on 57.7% shooting. In the 2nd round they took out the Cavs in 5 games (who was without MItchell for most of series) led by their star duo of Brown and Ttatum as they combined to average 50.2 PPG 16.6 REB 9 AST. In the ECF they swept the Pacers (who missed Haliburton most of series) despite trailing late in 3 of the 4 games. The duo took it to another level in the conference finals as they combined to average 60.1 PPG 15.3 REB 9.3 AST. 

Finals Game 1

Celtics took Game 1 winning 107-89, they have now won and covered each of last 5 matchups including all 3 this season by a combined 55 points. They continued to live and die by the 3 but they were living in Game 1 as they outshot Mavs 16/42 to 7/27 from 3PT. Porzingis returned with 20 pts on 8/13 in just 20 minutes and Holiday was a game high +20 for Boston. Luka had a good scoring night with 30 PTS 10 REB but only 1 AST and a big part was Kyrie Irving and Derrick Jones combining to shoot just 8/28. Mavs are now 5-1 SU/ATS their last 6 road games while Celtics are 7-2 (5-4 ATS) at home in the playoffs. 

Free Prediction: Mavs +7 

Luka has dominated Game 2’s in his career going 5-2 while scoring 34 PPG with 8.3 AST 7.3 REB including winning all 3 Game 2’s this year after losing Game 1. Celtics have struggled in Game 2’s this playoffs as both their losses have come in Game 2 at home. 

Jason Kidd has been great at making adjustments this playoffs but it won't come down to him tonight. Look for the Mavs star backcourt to bounce back with Kyrie's scoring and Luka's playmaking. Sprinkle the moneyline as good chance Mavs even the series tonight. 

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