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Cavaliers Aim For Payback At Mavericks On Tuesday
The game of the night in the NBA is in Dallas when the Mavericks host Cleveland in what could be an NBA Finals preview. A Cavs-Mavs Finals is priced at +3000 at Sportsbook.ag and Cleveland is a 4-point favorite for this game.
Cavs Continue To Roll
Cleveland improved to an NBA-best 21-5 (.808) since Jan. 15 after defeating the Phoenix Suns 89-79 on Saturday night at home. During this current stretch, the Cavs rank 1st in the NBA in winning percentage (.808), 1st in points per game differential (+10.6), 1st in three-pointers made (291), 3rd in field goal percentage (.466), 3rd in points per game (106.6) and 5th in three-point percentage (.366). Defensively since that time, the Cavs are 5th in opp. field goal percentage (.424), 6th in opp. three-point percentage (.327) and 9th in opp. points per game (96.0).
Since Jan. 19, the Cavs rank 2nd in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.418) and 4th in opponent points per game (94.7). In the victory over Phoenix, the Cavs held the Suns to just 79 points on 30-84 (.357) shooting from the field, including just 52 points on 19-66 (.288) in the first three quarters. Cleveland didn’t allow a single fast-break point against the Suns, the first time that has happened for the Cavs defense this season.
With one more assist, LeBron James will surpass Mark Price (4,206) and garner sole possession of 1st place in franchise history in assists. James is already the Cavaliers all-time leader in points scored (16,653), scoring average (27.7), field goals made (5,914) and attempted (12,426), free throws made (3,963) and attempted (5,355), three-pointers made (862) and attempted (2,613), steals (1,039) and minutes played (24,067). He is one of only eight players to lead a franchise in points, assists and steals, joining Kevin Garnett (Timberwolves), Michael Jordan (Bulls), Reggie Miller (Pacers), Gary Payton (Thunder), Randy Smith (Clippers), Isiah Thomas (Pistons) and Dwyane Wade (Heat). (Elias Sports Bureau).
Mavs Holding Steady In West
Dallas ended a two-game losing streak with Sunday's 100-93 win at the Lakers. Mavericks guard Monta Ellis poured in a game-high 31 points (12-22 FGs, 5-7 3FGs, 2-6 FTs), including 26 in the second half (18 in the third quarter), to go along with three rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points for the Mavericks, who had lost four of five. They played without backup point guard Devin Harris for the second straight game because of an injured right hand, but Chandler Parsons returned to the lineup and finished with 11 points and six rebounds in 35 minutes after missing seven games with a sprained left ankle.
Dallas crushed Cleveland 109-90 in the Cavs' gym on Jan. 4. LeBron missed the game, while Kyrie Irving left in the third quarter with lower back tightness and didn't return. He was 2 of 9 from the field and scored a season-low six points. Ellis led Dallas with 20 points. The Mavericks outshot the Cavaliers 55 percent (22-of-40) to 42.6 percent (20-of-47) from the field in the first half and led by 10 (57-47) at intermission. Dallas outscored Cleveland 32-24 in the third period and led by 18 (89-71) after three. The Mavericks have won five straight, eight of the last nine, and 20 of the last 27 regular-season meetings with the Cavaliers.
Key betting trends: Cavaliers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference. Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. Mavericks are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Mavericks are 5-13-2 ATS in their last 20 games following a ATS loss. Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
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