In the aftermath of a massive multi-player trade in which the acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks (23-28), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-41), who want to extend their current rare small winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-02-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Cleveland Cavaliers +8
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 11-41 record (23-28-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Knicks in the last place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Wizards with a 116-113 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 19 ppg, adding 3.5 dimes and a team high 13.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 16.8 ppg and 3.3 boards off the bench, while Collin Sexton adds 14.3 ppg.
Dallas Mavericks have a 23-28 record (31-19-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Pistons with an 89-93 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 20.4 ppg, adding 6.9 boards and 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Harrison Barnes with 17.9 ppg and 4.2 boards per game.
Cavaliers won both meetings against the Mavericks last season (at home by 11 points and on the road by 7). Cavaliers have a 6-19 home record, while the Mavericks are 5-21 on the road. Mavericks are better both offensively, scoring 109.3 ppg to Cavs’ 102.6 and defensively, allowing 108.9 ppg to Cavs’ 113.3. They also have a better field goal percentage (45.1% to 44.4%), while Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (35.7% to 34.5%). Mavericks are better both in dimes made (22.7 to 20.3) and in boards grabbed (45.9 to 42.2), while Cavaliers are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.8). Mavericks have been terrible on the road but the weak Cavaliers still don’t pose a threat. Vegas odds give the Mavericks a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Dallas Mavericks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -8 (-106)
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