Dallas Mavericks face Celtics in Boston will give them a playoff feel

The Dallas Mavericks kicked off a five-game road trip with an impressive win over the Rockets on March 11, but things get tough from here. They travel to the East Coast to take on four teams battling for playoff positioning starting with the Boston Celtics March 13. Luka Doncic and the Mavs are unlikely to face the Celtics in the playoffs, but Sunday afternoon’s game will have a playoff feel.

Boston has won five in a row and 16 of its last 18 to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference. They are one of the hottest teams in the league and have lost just one home game since January 21.

Both teams are locked in tight playoff races and expect to win Sunday’s game. Luka will be ready to put on a show as the game airs in prime time in Europe. Expect a sold-out crowd at TD Garden in what will be a playoff-style test for both teams.

Sunday’s game won’t count for more in the standings, but it will have some added spice. Both teams are looking to break into the top four and secure the ground in the first round. They know every game is crucial and will fight until the bitter end on March 13.

The Dallas Mavericks have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on their trip to Boston, as it will be a playoff atmosphere and a glimpse inside TD Garden. Here’s a look at four reasons the Mavs will have a postseason feel on Sunday afternoon.

Freeda S. Scott