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Cleveland @ Dallas

Current Records: Cleveland 21-45; Dallas 38-28

What to Know

After a five-game homestand, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the road. They will square off against the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday at American Airlines Center. The Cavaliers have been on the wrong side of a one-way rivalry with Dallas and are hoping to record their first victory since April 1 of 2018.

It's hard to picture a worse defeat than the 141-105 bruising that Cleveland suffered against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Cleveland was down 102-80 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Power forward Kevin Love (18 points) and power forward Dean Wade (16 points) were the top scorers for Cleveland.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets typically have all the answers at home, but on Thursday Dallas proved too difficult a challenge. The Mavericks narrowly escaped with a win as the team sidled past the Nets 113-109. Dallas' center Dwight Powell filled up the stat sheet, posting a double-double on 12 points and ten boards along with five assists.

The Cavaliers are the clear underdogs, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. Now might not be the best time to take Cleveland against the spread since they've let down bettors for the past eight consecutive games.

Cleveland is now 21-45 while Dallas sits at 38-28. The Mavericks are 21-16 after wins this season, and Cleveland is 12-32 after losses.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: American Airlines Center -- Dallas, Texas
  • TV: Bally Sports - Ohio
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Mavericks are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 10.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

Dallas and Cleveland both have five wins in their last ten games.

  • Nov 22, 2019 - Dallas 143 vs. Cleveland 101
  • Nov 03, 2019 - Dallas 131 vs. Cleveland 111
  • Mar 16, 2019 - Dallas 121 vs. Cleveland 116
  • Feb 02, 2019 - Dallas 111 vs. Cleveland 98
  • Apr 01, 2018 - Cleveland 98 vs. Dallas 87
  • Nov 11, 2017 - Cleveland 111 vs. Dallas 104
  • Jan 30, 2017 - Dallas 104 vs. Cleveland 97
  • Nov 25, 2016 - Cleveland 128 vs. Dallas 90
  • Mar 16, 2016 - Cleveland 99 vs. Dallas 98
  • Jan 12, 2016 - Cleveland 110 vs. Dallas 107