Things won’t get much easier for the struggling Mavericks (27-41, 21-13 home) on Saturday, March 16 when they play host to the Cavaliers (17-52, 6-28 away) at American Airlines Center. The game gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST.
Dallas has dropped nine of its previous ten games and has been undone by poor production on the offensive end. The Mavericks are averaging 107.7 points per game, but they’ve been woefully inefficient. They rank 20th in offensive rating, and are 18th in rebounds and 25th in assists.
They’ll be tested from start to finish as they face Cleveland. The Cavaliers have the league’s 26th best offensive rating and are averaging 103.8 points per game on 42.0% shooting from the floor and 36.0 from beyond the arc. They’re 25th in rebounds and 29th in assists and have been led this season by Kevin Love, who is averaging 18.1 points per contest. Defensively, they’re giving up 113.3 points per game on 204.0% shooting from the floor and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on February 3rd, 2019, Dallas won 111-98 behind 35 points from Luka Doncic.
The Cavaliers are fresh off a 91-120 loss against the Magic in Orlando in which they shot 7-31 from downtown. Collin Sexton paced the team with 23 points. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off of a 100-99 loss to the Nuggets in Denver in which they dished out 22 dimes and pulled down 49 boards.
The Mavericks are 6.0-point favorites, with an over/under total of 215. That’s a generous point spread, so you may want to think twice if you’re thinking of wagering on the Mavericks. Bear in mind that Cleveland is 32-36-1 against the spread this year and 36-33-0 over/under. Dallas, on the other hand, is 38-29-1 ATS and 30-38-0 over/under.