Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had high praise for the Celtics' star tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ahead of Wednesday's game in Boston.

"They're probably the No. 1 team in the league, and they probably have the best duo in the league, too," Doncic said. "And we're in the Garden -- it's always a special game. You have to come 100%. If you're not, you're probably going to lose. It's a big game."

Doncic, in his fifth NBA season, enters Wednesday's game as the NBA's leading scorer at 33.5 points per game while also averaging 9.1 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 1.9 steals.

Tatum and Brown, meanwhile, are the league's highest-scoring duo, averaging a combined 55.5 points per game - just ahead of the 76ers' tandem of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey (55.2) - and earning Doncic's respect in the process.

"Just watching their game," Doncic said. "I think a lot of people can see that. I think the way they play. I know people try to separate them but they fit together, they went to the Finals last year, so I think those two are really great players."