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Mavericks face Cavaliers: NBA odds preview

Dallas MavericksCleveland Cavaliers
24-18January 20, 2014, 01:00 | Quicken Loans Arena15-25

The Mavericks will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday in NBA action.

The Mavericks will try to spoil the party on Monday; they are 22-19-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Cavaliers are 18-22 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Dallas is 22-20 on the totals; Cleveland is 20-20.

View Dallas Mavericks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -4-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 207.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Cavaliers and the No. 14-ranked Mavericks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 95-89 result in favor of the Mavericks.

In their last action, Dallas was a 127-111 loser at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (238) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Mavericks to victory (they lost 127-111 to Portland at American Airlines Center on Saturday).

In their last action, Cleveland was a 117-109 winner on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (226) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Cleveland earned a 117-109 victory over Denver on Friday, getting 23 points from Kyrie Irving at Pepsi Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 22-ranked offense (96.68 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 23 at 102.6 PPG. The Cavaliers have averaged 42.71% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (47.12% on average).

A few Mavericks at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
Dallas is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland's last 10 games
Cleveland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Dallas at Toronto, Wednesday, January 22nd
Cleveland home to Chicago, Wednesday, January 22nd