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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks

December 27, 2023


The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Dallas, Texas to face the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Wednesday night with tip-off scheduled for 8:30 PM and will air on Bally Sports Ohio.

 

Cleveland enters this game with a record of 17-13 which puts them in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and has won four of their last five games including a 109-95 win on the road against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. The Cavaliers play at a slower tempo which causes them to be one of the lower-scoring teams in the league, however, it also makes them one of the best defensive teams as they enter this game averaging 112.03 points per game which ranks 23rd in the NBA while allowing an average of 111.87 points per game which is the 7th fewest points per game in the league. 

 

Donovan Mitchell has missed multiple games this season, however, he is still one of the best players in the league as he leads the team in scoring and steals with an average of 27.7 points and 1.82 steals per game.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to build on the momentum following the win on the road against Chicago when they travel to face the Dallas Mavericks.

 

The Dallas Mavericks enter this game with the 5th best record in the Western Conference at 18-12 and are on a two-game winning streak following Monday’s 128-114 win on the road against the Phoenix Suns. Luka Doncic is having another MVP-caliber season and is likely to make his 5th NBA All-Star Game in a row as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals with an average of 33.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 9.4 assists, and 1.36 steals per game. 

 

Dallas is the 7th highest-scoring team in the NBA this season as they enter this game averaging 119.33 points per game, however, they have been a slightly below average scoring defense as they enter this game allowing an average of 117.77 points per game which is more than the league average of 113.87 points per game. The Dallas Mavericks will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

 

BookMaker has the Dallas Mavericks listed as 7.5-point favorites at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Dallas has won seven of the last ten while Cleveland has won two of the last three meetings. The Mavericks are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 14-14-2 ATS overall, 7-6-1 ATS on the road, and 6-6 ATS as an underdog this season while the Dallas Mavericks are 16-14 ATS overall, 6-8 ATS at home, and 13-6 ATS as a favorite on the year.

 

Dallas enters this game with a better record and has been the better team overall in the last ten games in the series, winning seven of the last ten matchups. The Mavericks have been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three while also having been the better team at covering the spread this season going 16-14 ATS overall and 13-6 ATS as a favorite while the Cavaliers are 14-14-2 ATS overall and 6-6 ATS as an underdog. As a result, I am laying the points with the Dallas Mavericks when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

 

Spooky Express Pick: Dallas Mavericks -7