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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks 10/17/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday October 17

The Line: Cavaliers Cavaliers -4.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers play a Friday night preseason game at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Dallas Mavericks are 1-2 in the preseason and will play their first road game in these glorified scrimmages. In the Mavs most recent game, Dirk Nowitzki saw his first action, as he was 7-11 from the field and grabbed five rebounds in 19 minutes. Monta Ellis continues to miss time with a sprained left knee, but he’s made progress in practice and should be ready to go once the regular season begins. Chandler Parsons continues to struggle with his shot in his new uniform, as he’s a combined 3-14 from deep in the first three games. Richard Jefferson is giving the Mavericks solid contributions, as he’s racked up 26 points and five rebounds in his last two games. The Dallas Mavericks are a veteran team that pretty much knows who it is and is just waiting for the regular season to begin.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks 10/17/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 4-0 in the preseason and will play their third and final true home game. Kyrie Irving has yet to play in a preseason game but the Cavs expect him to make his debut in this matchup after making progress in practice. LeBron James is coming off his best performance of the preseason, shooting 9-12 from the field and grabbing four rebounds in 24 minutes. Mike Miller is just 1-8 from three in his last three games, and he didn’t take a single shot in his most recent contest. Dion Waiters is getting the most work in the preseason for Cleveland, as he’s gone 19-39 from the field in his last three games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are just going through the motions and learning how to play with one another. So far, so good if you’re a Cavs fan.

Even in the preseason, getting the Cavaliers under five points seems to be a good bet, especially with Cleveland at home for the last time in a couple of weeks. The Cavs should roll. 

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