Free NBA Picks Today: Dallas Mavericks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 12/14/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Dallas Mavericks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 12/14/22
Wed 14th December 2022

The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-11, 5-9 Away) head to face the Dallas Mavericks (14-13, 11-4 Home) Wednesday in a matchup of patient teams. Cleveland was narrowly beaten by the San Antonio Spurs 112-111 at AT&T Center on Monday, their third loss in a row away from home.

Donovan Mitchell was the leading scorer in the losing effort with 28 points. Caris LeVert was another key contributor with 23 points. The Cavaliers are the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Dallas emerged victorious on Monday at American Airlines Center, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-114.

Luka Doncic had 38 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, carrying the team. The Mavericks are the 10th seed in the Western Conference.It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams.

Cleveland and Dallas split their matchups last season, each team taking one game. The Mavericks got the win in the last meeting 120-112 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on March 30.

Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds. LeVert had 32 points in the losing effort. The Cavs have been led this season by Mitchell, who is averaging 29.0 points per game, best in the NBA. Meanwhile, Jarrett Allen is grabbing 10.5 rebounds per game, most in the league, and Darius Garland is dishing 7.9 assists (1st).

Doncic (33.1 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Mavs on offense. He has the top scoring average in the NBA. Doncic has also put up 8.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game, for which he ranks first and first in the NBA, respectively.

Half-court execution will be of utmost importance in this matchup that showcases a pair of the NBA’s slowest-paced teams, as the Mavericks are 29th in possessions per game while the Cavaliers are 28th.The Mavericks have had success in the Cavaliers’ last 10 trips to American Airlines Center, winning six.

In the last 10 games, Cleveland is 5-5 with an average margin of +1.9 (102.5-100.6). For the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points per game, compared to 105.1 for opponents.

Dallas has also split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 116.4 points per game on average while allowing 116.3 (+0.1 margin). The Mavericks are averaging 111.9 ppg for the full season while allowing 110.1.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kevin Love: 9.7 | 18.9 | -9.2
Points per game:
Caris LeVert: 15.6 | 12.4 | +3.2
Rebounds per game:
Kevin Love: 4.0 | 6.9 | -2.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Tim Hardaway Jr.: 17.2 | 13.3 | +3.9

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Dallas Mavericks (-130)

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