Cleveland Cavaliers (17-11) vs. Dallas Mavericks (14-13)
December 14, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -3; Over/Under: +215
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks do battle at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in decent shape as they’ve won four of their last seven games, but they will be eager to bounce back in this one after falling just short to the Spurs in a 112-111 road loss on Monday. Donovan Mitchell led the team with 28 points on 12 of 24 shooting, Caris LeVert added 23 points on nine of 13 shooting off the bench, Darius Garland tallied 18 points with nine assists while Evan Mobley chipped in with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field and just five of 23 from the 3-point line as they struggled throughout the entire first half and trailed by as many as 19 points before rallying in the fourth quarter, only to miss the game-winner at the buzzer.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been building nicely as they’ve won four of their last seven games and they will be looking to build some momentum after taking down the Thunder in a 121-114 win on Monday. Luka Doncic led the team with 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Tim Hardaway Jr and Spencer Dinwiddie each scored 20 points while Reggie Bullock chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Mavericks shot 41 percent from the field and a sizzling 22 of 54 from the 3-point line as they got off to a slow start and fell behind, before they took control of the contest with 43 points in the second quarter to lead by as many as 16 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 3-0-2 ATS in their last five games following a loss. The Mavericks are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 home games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 5-16-2 ATS in their last 23 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall and the Cavaliers are 1-6-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The Cavaliers are again missing Dylan Windler and Dean Wade, while the Mavericks have ruled out Josh Green and listed Maxi Kleber as questionable. The Cavaliers could really do with a win for their confidence after getting dropped by the lowly Spurs on Monday, but the Mavericks have clearly been the team in better form recently and I think they are the value bet at the short line in this spot.