After a four-game homestand, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the road. They will take on the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday at American Airlines Center. Cleveland has been on the wrong side of a one-way rivalry with Dallas and is hoping to record their first win since April 1 of 2018.
The Cavaliers didn’t have too much trouble with the Orlando Magic at home this past Saturday as they won 105-92. Cleveland can attribute much of their success to center Jarrett Allen, who posted a double-double on 19 points and 11 rebounds, and point guard Darius Garland, who dropped a double-double on 26 points and 11 dimes. That makes it three consecutive games in which Allen has had at least 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Dallas was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap this past Saturday as they fell 120-114 to the Washington Wizards. Dallas’ defeat came about despite a quality game from point guard Luka Doncic, who dropped a double-double on 33 points and ten assists.
Cleveland is expected to lose this next one by 6.5. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 11-5 against the spread when expected to lose.
The Cavaliers are now 10-10 while the Mavericks sit at 10-8. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Cleveland enters the matchup with only 102.9 points allowed per game on average, good for fourth best in the league. Less enviably, Dallas has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.90% from the floor on average, which is the fourth highest shooting percentage allowed in the league.
How To Watch
- When: Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET
- Where: American Airlines Center — Dallas, Texas
- TV: Bally Sports – Ohio
The Mavericks are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Mavericks, as the game opened with the Mavericks as a 5-point favorite.
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Dallas have won seven out of their last 12 games against Cleveland.
- May 09, 2021 – Dallas 124 vs. Cleveland 97
- May 07, 2021 – Dallas 110 vs. Cleveland 90
- Nov 22, 2019 – Dallas 143 vs. Cleveland 101
- Nov 03, 2019 – Dallas 131 vs. Cleveland 111
- Mar 16, 2019 – Dallas 121 vs. Cleveland 116
- Feb 02, 2019 – Dallas 111 vs. Cleveland 98
- Apr 01, 2018 – Cleveland 98 vs. Dallas 87
- Nov 11, 2017 – Cleveland 111 vs. Dallas 104
- Jan 30, 2017 – Dallas 104 vs. Cleveland 97
- Nov 25, 2016 – Cleveland 128 vs. Dallas 90
- Mar 16, 2016 – Cleveland 99 vs. Dallas 98
- Jan 12, 2016 – Cleveland 110 vs. Dallas 107