The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-13) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (18-12) on Wednesday, December 27th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Cavaliers vs Mavericks
The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win
The Cavaliers took down the Bulls in their most recent game with a final score of 109-95. the Cavaliers entered the second half with an advantage, leading with 57-56.
In their last five games, the Cavaliers have gone 4-1 and have an overall record of 17-13. When playing on the road, the Cavaliers are 8-6 compared to their 9-7 record at home.
Cleveland has a .500 ATS record so far this season, marked at 14-14. Currently, the Cavaliers have a five game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 6-5 against the spread as underdogs.
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
The Mavericks’ most recent matchup against the Suns saw Luka Doncic lead the Mavericks with 50 points while shooting 15/25 from the field. As the Mavericks secured the victory with a final score of 128-114, Derrick Jones Jr. also chipped in with 23 points.
In their previous five games, the Mavericks are 2-3 and have an overall record of 18-12. At home, the Mavericks are 8-6 compared to their road record of 10-6.
The Mavericks have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 16-14. On the road, the Mavericks have an ATS record of 10-6 compared to a 6-8 record vs. the spread at home.
Cavaliers Offense Breakdown
Cleveland has recorded an average of 112 points per game (23rd) throughout 30 games games. So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 97.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Cavaliers offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 24th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 119.3 points per game (7th). In terms of pace, the Mavericks are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.9 possessions per game. If the Mavericks offense is going to continue to produce at their current level, they would benefit from an improvement in their outside shooting. Currently, they are the 14th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Cavaliers Team Defense
At present, the Cavaliers’ defense is ranked 8, allowing 111.9 points per game.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Cavaliers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.6% while allowing 35.9% from downtown.
Mavericks Team Defense
The Mavericks’ defense is presently ranked 21 in the league, allowing an average of 117.8 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, Mavericks are causing 11.4 turnovers per game, ranking 1st in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 25th in rejections, averaging 4.3 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Cavaliers And Mavericks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Donovan Mitchell as the primary point contributor for the Cavaliers, finishing with 20 points while maintaining a 7/15 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 27.7 points per game, along with 5.6 rebounds.
As for Dallas, Luka Doncic is projected to be the primary scorer for the Mavericks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 23, and adding 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 48.9% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 33.5 points per game.
Cavaliers vs Mavericks Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Cleveland has an ATS record of 3-1-1 while averaging 106 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Through their last three home contests, the Mavericks offense has averaged 109 points per game while allowing an average of 122. Dallas posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Cavaliers have gone 6-3-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Mavericks have a strong straight up record of 5-0. In addition, their ATS record was 5-0 in these scenarios.
We’re calling a win for the Mavericks, with a final score of 117-110, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Mavericks at -4.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 231, and our model projects the Cavaliers and Mavericks to reach a combined total of 227 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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