Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks Picks and Predictions June 9th 2024

Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Sun, Jun 9, 20:00 pm.
Boston Celtics
ML: -275
Dallas Mavericks
ML: 220

Celtics Brush Off Kidd’s ‘Wedge’ Tactic as Mavericks Aim for Comeback

In the high-stakes world of the NBA Finals, it’s not just about the skills on the court but also the mind games off it. The Dallas Mavericks are gearing up for Game 2 against the Boston Celtics, with coach Jason Kidd trying to stir things up by playing some psychological games. But the Celtics, led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, aren’t fazed and are sticking to their plan.

Celtics’ Resilience Against Kidd’s Tactics

In a recent press conference, Jason Kidd called Jaylen Brown the Celtics’ best player, seemingly trying to create a rift between Brown and Tatum. But the Celtics know how to handle these tricks. Tatum responded coolly, saying, “We know people will try to drive a wedge between us… But we’ve been through this many times.”

Veteran player Al Horford wasn’t buying into Kidd’s tactics either. He praised Brown’s talent while stressing the team’s unity. “J-Kidd’s just trying to mess with us,” Horford said. “Jaylen is an incredible player… and he’s crucial for our team.”

Dominant Game 1 Performance by the Celtics

The Celtics dominated Game 1 with a solid 107-89 win. Brown led with 22 points, while Tatum added 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Kristaps Porzingis was a standout off the bench, scoring 20 points in his comeback from a calf injury.

On the Mavericks’ side, Luka Doncic had a great game with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but Kyrie Irving struggled, scoring only 12 points on 6-of-19 shooting and missing all his 3-point attempts.

Mavericks’ Struggles and Areas for Improvement

Dallas had a tough time in Game 1, especially with ball movement, managing just nine assists—the lowest by any team this season. Kidd recognized the problem, saying, “We were too focused on one-on-one plays. We need to move the ball more and get everyone involved.”

Despite his recent poor track record against the Celtics, Irving remains hopeful for Game 2. “We just need to calm down, stay poised, and be aware of our environment,” Irving said. He emphasized the importance of composure and better execution under pressure.

Outlook for Game 2

The Mavericks need to improve their ball movement and integrate their offensive strategies better if they want to bounce back. Meanwhile, the Celtics are looking to keep their momentum and continue their strong team play.

Kidd’s mind games have added some drama, but the Celtics’ focus and resilience suggest they are ready for anything. Game 2 is set to be another intense and physical clash, with both teams eager to prove themselves.


As the Celtics and Mavericks prepare for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, both the psychological and strategic aspects of the game are coming to the forefront. Kidd’s tactics have added some spice, but the Celtics’ unity and focus remain strong. The Mavericks need to address their weaknesses and aim for a more fluid performance. Game 2 promises to be an exciting contest, with both teams fighting hard for victory.

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U 214.5
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