It is the first NBA betting contest of a four-game road trip for the Cavaliers. Basketball betting has seen Cleveland win the last four games against Dallas including a sweep last season. Earlier this season in Cleveland, the Cavaliers routed the Mavericks 111-95 in basketball betting. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 25 points and 12 rebounds while Mo Williams also had 25 points. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with a team-high 27 points. Jason Terry came off the bench and scored 25 points.
Cleveland has won six of the last ten games outright against the Mavericks and they are a very profitable 8-2 against the NBA betting odds in those games. At Dallas last season the Cavaliers won 100-81. The Cavs also won 88-81 in 2007 in Dallas. Four of the last five in this basketball betting series have gone under the total. That could happen again in this game since both teams are in the Top 10 in fewest points allowed per game this basketball betting season.
Usually when you think of Cleveland in basketball betting you think about them being a great home team. That is not the case this season as the Cavaliers have been far better on the road than at home versus the NBA betting pointspread. Cleveland is 9-5 in basketball betting at home this season. The Cavaliers have the 4th best defense in the NBA while their offense is all about LeBron James although Mo Williams is having a nice season.
Dallas has almost identical basketball betting stats as Cleveland. The Mavericks have excelled on the road but they have struggled at home vs. the basketball betting number. The Mavericks are not quite at the level of Cleveland in defense but they are a lot better than usual, ranking 8th in the league. Their offense is just above average as NBA betting stats show and they are led as usual by Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks have been going under the basketball betting total more often at home than you might expect so this game could stay under the total on Sunday.
This should be an excellent matchup between two of the best teams in the NBA this basketball betting season.