3 surprising reasons why the 2024 NBA Finals are the Celtics to lose

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum
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With game four in the history books, the Dallas Mavericks still find themselves in a very comfortable position to go to the NBA finals for the first time since they won it all in 2011. The path they took to reach this point has not been an easy one but nevertheless, they are here and playing each game with high intensity.

If the Mavericks end up winning Game 5, they will be facing the Boston Celtics to take home the biggest prize of all. While their confidence is pretty high, there is no chance they defeat this Celtics team, and here is why.

3) The duo of Tatum and Brown will overwhelm Dallas.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are playing some of the best basketball since the pair were drafted. Brown is averaging 25.0 points per game with 6.1 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. Most of those points, I might add, have been from blowing by his opponents and finishing in the paint.

Tatum is averaging 26 points per game with 10.4 rebounds per game and 5.9 assists per game. He has been doing a little bit of everything on the offensive end and has been there when this Celtics team has needed him the most.

However, the numbers are not the only thing that is impressive about the way they are playing basketball right now. It is their mindset and the fact that this year they are most certainly playing with a major chip on their shoulders.

This duo has been to this stage before and they lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors in 2022. Then last year, they were down 3-0 to the Miami Heat and got all the way to a Game 7 before falling short in just the first round. Both Brown and Tatum are hungry and poised to overcome their obstacles, reaching the mountaintop for their first NBA championship.