Celtics go up against Mavericks in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Here's how to watch, stats

NBA Finals' Game 3 is set for tonight in Dallas.

The Boston Celtics now have a two-game lead against the Dallas Mavericks. The question is: Can they turn it into a three-game lead in the Lone Star State?

Game 2 had the Celtics and the Mavs neck-and-neck for much of the contest, ending with the Celtics pulling through in the second half, with the final score being 105-98.

Center Kristaps Porziņģis was a key asset in the Game 1 victory for the Celtics and played a significant role in Game 2's win. After appearing to tweak his knee in the fourth quarter, he sat out with less than five minutes left in the match-up.

However, Porziņģis assured the public that he would be playing in Game 3 tonight.

In the regular season, the Mavericks were 50-32, and the Celtics were 64-18.

Game 3 will be on June 12, 2024, and will be held at Dallas' American Airlines Center.

What time does Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 3 start

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (center) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (left) and guard Dante Exum (right) during Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (center) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (left) and guard Dante Exum (right) during Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden.

Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m.

How to watch tonight's Celtics game

You can watch tonight's game on ABC.

Here is the full schedule for the 2024 NBA Finals

  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 12, 8:30 p.m. in Dallas

  • Game 4: Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. in Dallas

  • Game 5*: Monday, June 17, 8:30 p.m. in Boston

  • Game 6*: Thursday, June 20, 8:30 p.m. in Dallas

  • Game 7*: Sunday, June 23, 8 p.m. in Boston

All games will be aired on ABC.

*if necessary.

Jaylen Brown stats

Jaylen Brown won the Eastern Conference Finals MVP after averaging a team-high 30.3 points a game in the series.

Brown averaged 23 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists during the regular season. He also shot 35% from behind the arc.

In the postseason, he's only gotten better, with 24.6 points per game with 6.0 rebounds, although a lower assist stat. He is now shooting 35.6% with three-pointers.

In Game 2 of the Celtics-Mavs series, Brown put 21 points on the board.

Kristaps Porziņģis stats

Returning Celtics star Porziņģis has averaged 13.5 points and is shooting 37.0% from 3-point territory this postseason.

If that point average seems underwhelming, that makes sense. Porziņģis has been gone for slightly over a month due to injury and only played in the Miami series in this postseason up until now. His stats reflect that absence.

However, at 7-foot2 and with a 3-point percentage of 50% during Game 1 and Game 2 against the Mavs, he remains a powerful part of the team.

Porziņģis scored 20 points in Game 1 and 12 points in Game 2.

Luka Dončić Mavericks stats

Luka Dončić is averaging 29 points per game in this playoff run and shooting 34.8% from three-point land.

In Game 2, Dončić scored 32 points.

Kyrie Irving Mavericks stats

Kyrie Irving, who suited up for Boston in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, is averaging 22.2 points this postseason, and shooting 40.2% from behind the arc.

In Game 2, Irving put up 16 points.

Rin Velasco is a trending reporter. She can be reached at rvelasco@gannett.com.

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