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March 15, 8:30 PM | American Airlines Center

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Odds

22-42TEAM RECORD30-34

The visiting Cavaliers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at American Airlines Center against the Mavericks.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Mavericks are 30-34 so far on the season, and 38-26 ATS vs. the number. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 22-42 and 34-30 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Dallas go 37-26-1 and the Cavaliers go 34-30 on the totals.

View Cleveland vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Mavericks installed as 9-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 200.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Mavericks, currently No. 18 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cavaliers, who rate No. 27 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 100-97 victory for the Mavericks.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 7-ranked offense (101.2 PPG) against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 24 at 101 PPG. The Mavericks have averaged 45.7% from the field per game, more than the Cavaliers have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Cavaliers own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 101.8 points per game when playing on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring on their home court.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 95-90 winner as they battled the Wizards at home. The Cavaliers covered in the match as a 1-point underdog, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Cleveland earned a 95-90 victory over Washington on Tuesday, getting 20 points from Dion Waiters at Quicken Loans Arena.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 92-91 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Mavericks covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog, while 183 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Dallas got 21 points and 11 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki in a losing cause in a 92-91 loss to San Antonio on Thursday at AT&T Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing San Antonio are 3-7
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cavaliers at Mavericks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Dallas is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at San Antonio, Saturday, March 16
Dallas home to Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 17

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