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NBA Game Preview - Cavaliers underdogs vs Mavericks at Dallas

Cleveland CavaliersDallas Mavericks
16-31February 03, 2014, 08:30 | American Airlines Center27-21

The Cavaliers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas at American Airlines Center on Monday in NBA action.

The Mavericks sport a record of 27-21 and 25-22-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cavaliers sit at 16-31 and 19-28 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 25-23 for the Mavericks and 21-26 for the Cavaliers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Mavericks in this one, they were listed earlier as -9-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 204.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 16 (Mavericks) and the No. 22 (Cavaliers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 95-88 result in favor of the Mavericks is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 106-92 loser on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (198) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Cleveland suffered a 106-92 loss against Houston on Saturday, getting 24 points from Luol Deng in a losing effort at Toyota Center.

In their last action, Dallas was a 107-103 winner at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki went off for 34 points and added 5 rebounds leading Dallas to a 107-103 win over Sacramento on Friday at American Airlines Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Dallas's No. 28-rated squad against Cleveland's No. 11-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Dallas rates No. 9 in the league with 8.31 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 with 7.09 per outing.

Next up:
Cleveland home to Los Angeles, Wednesday, February 5th
Dallas at Memphis, Wednesday, February 5th