Cavaliers at Mavericks - 1/12/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (26-9) at Dallas Mavericks (22-16)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +6 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSSW
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks meet Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 95.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points and six assists while Kevin Love is averaging 16.3 points and 10.7 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 3.6 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.7 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cavs are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last nine road games.
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The Dallas Mavericks hope to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 101.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 assists. Wesley Matthews is dishing 1.7 assists and Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.8 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Mavs are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last seven home games.
The Cavaliers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The Mavericks are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
I've been impressed with the way the Mavs are playing, but I always get a little iffy on backing them against younger teams that can push the pace. Do the Mavericks have enough firepower to hang with a healthy Cavs team that's starting to roll? I'm not sure. I'll eat the reasonable chalk here.