Dallas dodges sweep, +7 in G5 at Boston

Dallas dodges sweep, +7 in G5 at Boston

There was no broom treatment in Dallas on Friday night.

Instead, the Mavericks blasted Boston from start to finish in a 122-84 win as one-point home underdog, ending a seven-game losing streak to the Celtics. The 206 combined points dropped ‘under’ the 211.5-point total.

Luka Doncic led a balanced offensive effort with 29 points, five rebounds, three steals and five assists compared to just one turnover. He missed all eight of his 3-point launches, but the sixth-year veteran guard made 12-of-26 field-goal attempts.

Kyrie Irving added 21 points, four boards and six assists compared to only one turnover. Tim Hardaway Jr. finally provided some offense, draining 5-of-7 treys in a 15-point effort in only 12 minutes of action. Dereck Lively posted his second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Dallas (63-40 straight up, 60-42-1 against the spread) had a 21/8 assist-to-turnover ratio, hit 51 percent of its FGAs, buried 15-of-37 from downtown (41%) and dominated the glass with a 52-31 rebounding advantage.

Boston (79-21 SU, 50-44-6 ATS) fell behind by 13 points in the first quarter, trailed by 26 at halftime and never made any semblance of a threat to get back into the game. Jayson Tatum led five players in double figures with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

Sam Hauser had 14 points in 19:52 of playing time off the bench, knocking down 4-of-6 from long distance. Jrue Holiday and Jaylen Brown finished with 10 points apiece, but Holiday coughed up five turnovers and had only one assist.

Kristaps Porzingis missed a second straight game due to the injury he sustained in Game 2. Although he’s listed as ‘questionable’ for Game 5, this bettor isn’t anticipating seeing Porzingis on the floor for the rest of the series.

The ‘under’ is 4-0 in the series and improved to 11-2-1 in the last 13 head-to-head meetings between these teams.

With a 3-1 series lead, the Celtics are one win away from their first NBA championship since 2008 and their 18th in franchise history. They’ll get that opportunity back home in Monday’s Game 5 at TD Garden.

As of early Saturday afternoon, most books had Boston as a seven-point home favorite with a total of 209 or 209.5 points. The Mavs are hoping to cash +240 money-line tickets and send the series back to Dallas for a Game 6 on Thursday. If necessary, a potential Game 7 would be next Sunday in Beantown.

DraftKings has Boston’s Team Total at 108.5 points (‘under’ -115, ‘over’ -105), and Dallas’s Team Total is 101.5 (‘under’ -115, ‘over’ -105).

The betting shop has the Celtics as -1800 ‘chalk’ to win the series, leaving the Mavs as +1000 (or 10/1) underdogs.

DraftKings also has Brown installed as the -235 favorite to win NBA Finals MVP honors. Tatum has the next-shortest odds at +255, followed by Doncic (11/1), Holiday (35/1), Derrick White (100/1) and Irving (200/1).

ABC will have the broadcast of Monday’s Game 5 at 8:40 p.m. Eastern.