Bet on the Mavericks vs Cleveland Pro Hoops Lines

Posted by Henry Watkins on March 15, 2016 in

When it comes to handicapping sports at the start of the season, you end with a certain level of expectation for each team based on the talent level that they are bringing to the table. As the season wears on, we then get to decide whether each team is doing better or worse than expected. All of this, in reality, is a little unfair, because there are just too many variables in play to fairly assess every team. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a perfect example of that this season, as they are widely being described as underachieving despite the fact that they are currently sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference. Yes, there are numerous reports of a lack of team harmony, and of players wanting out, but that hasn’t stopped them from winning. They will try to continue to do so when they host the surprising Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in a great NBA odds match up.

Dallas Vs Cleveland NBA Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Wednesday, March 16 at 7 PM EST
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Radio: KESN and WTAM
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo

Why bet on the Dallas Mavericks

When you talk about expectations and the Dallas Mavericks (34-33), you are talking about a team that no-one picked as being a playoff contender. The Mavericks have surprised everyone by staying in the top 8 in the Western Conference all season long, but as the season enters its final few weeks, we are starting to see a team that may struggle to hold onto that final spot. Dallas has a 2-game lead over the Utah Jazz for the final postseason spot right now, and they are coming off a huge win over the Charlotte Hornets. They are 2 games under .500 on the road this season, and have only managed 11 wins overall against teams with a winning record. You have to say that they are up against it here. The Mavericks are averaging 102.4 PPG, and are giving up 102.8 PPG.

Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers

You can talk all you want about the Cleveland Cavaliers (47-19) being a disjointed bunch, but you cannot argue with the results that they have been getting, especially when playing in front of their own fans. The Cavaliers are 27-6 at home this season, and while they lost their last game to the Utah Jazz, on the road, they are still 6-4 in their last 10 games. Cleveland already has a win over Dallas this season, although they had to go to OT to get the 110-107 win on the road in Dallas. This is a very different team at home, and they are also strong against teams with a winning record, going 21-14 against that group. The Cavs are averaging 103.6 PPG, and are giving up 97.4 PPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Mavericks may be coming off a big win, but their next 2 games are a nightmare, with Cleveland and the Warriors next up. I don’t see them winning either one of those, and I like the Cavs to win this one by 7.

Dallas Mavericks 99 Cleveland Cavaliers 106