The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks will face off in an exciting Western Conference showdown on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Both teams have had strong seasons so far, with the Celtics currently leading the Atlantic Division with a record of 23-15, while the Mavericks sit in third place in the Southwest Division with a record of 22-16.

The Celtics have been led by their dynamic backcourt of Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown, who are averaging 21.5 and 25.5 points per game, respectively. The Mavericks, on the other hand, have been led by the scoring prowess of Luka Doncic, who is averaging 28.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game.

Despite their strong records, both teams have struggled recently, with the Celtics losing two straight games and the Mavericks winning their last seven in a row. The Celtics have struggled on the road, posting a record of 11-7 in 18 games away from home, while the Mavericks have been dominant at home, going 15-5 in 20 games at the American Airlines Center.

In terms of the head-to-head matchup between these two teams, the Mavericks hold the advantage with 29 victories to the Celtics’ 15. In their two meetings last season, the Mavericks won both games, but the Celtics were able to get the victory in their most recent matchup, winning 125-112. This season’s matchups between these two teams have been high-scoring, with an average of 237.0 points per game, well above the 199.0 point average from their matchups last season.

Both the Celtics and Mavericks have strong offenses and will look to exploit any weaknesses in the other team’s defense. The key to victory for the Celtics will be to contain Doncic and limit his scoring opportunities, while the Mavericks will need to find a way to slow down the Celtics’ backcourt and force them into turnovers. With two talented and well-coached teams facing off, this matchup is sure to be a thrilling one for basketball fans.

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