Boston Celtics (22-45, 8-24 road) at Dallas Mavericks (40-27, 21-10 home)
American Airlines Center, 8:30 pm on CSNNE
Officials: Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin, Scott Twardoski
Line: Mavericks -12 (202.5)
The Celtics have lost four straight, including a 121-120 overtime decision in New Orleans yesterday. The Mavericks are coming off of a very impressive 109-86 victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City last night. Dallas won the only other meeting of the season between these two teams, 102-91 in Boston on February 9.
PG: Avery Bradley
SG: Jerryd Bayless
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Kris Humphries
PG: Jose Calderon
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Shawn Marion
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: Samuel Dalembert
Rajon Rondo, OUT (Rest)
Vitor Faverani, OUT (Knee)
Gerald Wallace, OUT (Knee)
Gal Mekel, OUT (Knee)
WHAT TO WATCH FORLast chance for a win out West: The Celtics are 0-14 so far this year on the road vs Western Conference opponents. Tonight is their final opportunity of the season to get a W under those circumstances. Avery Bradley back in the starting lineup: With Rajon Rondo resting on the second night of back-to-back games, C's coach Brad Stevens has announced that he intends to return Bradley to the starting lineup for the first time since February 9, oddly enough also vs Dallas. The Mavs are fighting for their playoff lives: With 15 games remaining the Mavericks are battling Memphis and Phoenix for the final two playoff spots in the West. Dallas is currently in 7th, but the 9th place Suns are just 1.5 games behind.
NOTESThe Mavericks are looking to sweep the season series from the Celtics for the third time in four years, and have won six of their last seven overall vs Boston. Jeff Green matched his season high with 39 points last night, including going 3-3 at the free throw line to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation.
Missing Rondo and on the second night of road back to backs, this looks to be an easy loss for the Celtics. But it's games like this that they often surprise us, and I have a strange feeling that they are going to pull off the upset tonight in Dallas. I think it's important to Brad Stevens and his guys not to finish the season 0-15 in road games vs the West.
Boston Celtics 100, Dallas Mavericks 98
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