5 reasons the Boston Celtics will beat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals

An All-Star big man returning on the grandest stage and just more urgency for the Boston Celtics to win it all are just some of the reasons, the Celtics will beat the Mavs.
Boston Celtics v Dallas Mavericks
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No. 2: Cs have a vast array of defensive weapons to throw at Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic

The Dallas Mavericks have the best backcourt in the NBA offensively. It just so happens that the Boston Celtics have the best defensive backcourt in the league to counterpunch this attack. Derrick White is the best shot-blocking guard in the NBA with 18 blocks in 14 games this playoffs; the most by a player under six-foot-10 in the postseason. Jrue Holiday has a reputation as the best perimeter defender in the league. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have made leaps defensively and can also take turns taking the match-up.

Nobody will shut down the likes of Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving but the number two defense in the league can contain them and make it difficult to get their points efficiently. The key will be making these two play defense on the other end of the floor because historically neither player is a good defender.