The second-worse teams of each conference are clashing in this game, when the Dallas Mavericks (27-41), who are on a free fall and have won only once in their last thirteen games, are hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-52), who are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 03-16-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Dallas Mavericks -6.5
Dallas Mavericks have a 27-41 record (38-29-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have lost 12 of their last 13 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 99-100 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 21 ppg, adding 7.4 boards and 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 14.8 ppg and 3.2 boards per game.
Cleveland Cavaliers have a 17-52 record (32-36-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with a 91-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Love with 18.1 ppg, adding a team high 11.1 boards per game. He is followed by Jordan Clarkson with 16.9 ppg and 3.4 boards off the bench.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Mavericks won on the road with a 98-111 score. Mavericks have a 21-13 home record, while the Cavaliers are 6-28 on the road. Mavericks are better both offensively, scoring 107.7 ppg to Cavs’ 103.8 and defensively, allowing 109.5 ppg to Cavs’ 113.3. They also have a better field goal percentage (44.5% to 44%), while Cavaliers have a better 3-point percentage (35.9% to 34.1%). Mavericks are better both in dimes made (22.7 to 20.9) and in boards grabbed (45 to 42.7), while Cavaliers are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 14.3). Mavericks are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -6.5 (-109)
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