Mavericks vs. Cavaliers Prediction
How will the new-look Dallas Mavericks look tonight when they go on the road to face the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30PM ET?
511 Dallas Mavericks vs. 512 Cleveland Cavaliers
Saturday, February 2, 2019
7:30PM ET – Quicken Loans Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Mavericks are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Cavaliers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 209.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 66 percent going on the Mavs on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Mavs fall at Detroit
Dallas is coming off a 93-89 loss at Detroit on Thursday, the same day it made a big trade with the Knicks for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. Dallas is still 5-0-1 against the spread in its last six games. Dallas is 23-28 on the season, 5-21 on the road, 31-19-1 against the spread and 28-23 with the under.
The Mavericks are averaging just 109.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45.1 percent form the field. Defensively, Dallas is giving up 108.9 points per game. It’s unknown if Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke will be available today from the trade. The Mavs could sure use them as Luka Doncic is questionable to play due to an ankle injury. The rookie has been leading the team this season with 20.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Harrison Barnes is adding 17.9 points per contest.
Cavs on a surprising surge
Cleveland has managed back-to-back wins over the Bulls and the Wizards coming into tonight. The Cavs have also covered the spread in three straight games. Cleveland is 11-41 on the season, 6-19 at home, 23-28-1 against the spread and 26-25-1 with the over.
The Cavs have been ugly on both sides of the floor this season. The offense averages just 102.6 points per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Defensively, the Cavs are giving up 113.3 points per game while allowing a league-worst 49.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.2 percent shooting from the arc. Jordan Clarkson is leading the team with 16.8 points per contest while Collin Sexton is adding 14.3 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Mavericks are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five Eastern Conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
The Cavs are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 home games and 19-41-2 ATS in their last 62 games against Western Conference opponents.
The Mavs could be short-handed again tonight, but I don’t think it will be an issue. Dallas covered without Doncic and company on Thursday in Detroit and the Cavs are a far worse team than even Detroit. The Cavs may have won back-to-back games, but they have nothing to play for and can’t sustain success. Dallas has new life with the trade and the players that will be on the floor are playing to more time with a healthy roster, or even just a career down the road with other teams. They should be motivated and give their all.
NBA Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -7