The Dallas Mavericks will play hosts to the Boston Celtics at their home arena as both the NBA teams scramble to make the Playoffs. The Mavericks lie just outside the top 8 with a 14-15 record, whereas the Celtics lie at the 6th place in the East with a 15-15 record.
Date & Time: February 23, 2021, 7:30pm ET
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas
The Mavericks arrive at this contest with mixed emotions. Their recent run of form has been very positive, but the recent developments around Kristaps Porzingis has been not. According to various sources, the Mavs have been encircling other teams for a trade package around him.
Even though Mark Cuban came forward to dismiss these rumours, there is still a circle of uncertainty around the Latvian big man. Anyways, they will have to put all of that behind them and concentrate on strengthening their Playoff push.
Porzingis did not feature in their win against Memphis Grizzlies. He was ruled out because of back soreness. One way to dispel all the doubts would be to return with aplomb against the Celtics. But with recent reports coming out, he has been ruled out along with Maxi Kleber.
Guard – Luka Doncic
Guard – Josh Richardson
Center – Dwight Powell
Forward – Dorian Finney-Smith
Forward – Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Celtics have been in a rut lately. Out of their last 10 games, they have won only four. So, they need to overcome this alarming slump or even risk missing the Playoffs.
While Jaylen Brown has been on a tear this season, Jayson Tatum has not looked like his former self. Though in his defense, he is still working his way back after a lengthy layoff because of COVID. Maybe, this game is the perfect opportunity to return to his best.
Guard – Kemba Walker
Guard – Jaylen Brown
Center – Tristan Thompson
Forward – Daniel Theis
Forward – Jayson Tatum
Taking their respective recent run of form into account, the Mavericks head into this one as the favorites. But only just as the Celtics are formidable opponents threatening to recapture their best form. The team which comes out of the block quickly will run away with the game.
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