GameDay Preview: Cavs at Mavericks
The Cleveland Cavaliers (22-42) are back on the road to square off against the Dallas Mavericks (30-34) for the second and final meeting between the two teams this season. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Wine and Gold will look to notch their second straight victory after defeating the Washington Wizards 95-90 on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
In the win over Washington, the Cavs held the Wizards to .408 (31-76) shooting from the field. Defensively, the Cavaliers have held their opponents to .400 (64-160) shooting over their last two games.
Dallas comes into tonight's contest having posted a 2-2 record on their recent four-game road trip. In his first season with Dallas, O.J. Mayo leads the Mavs in scoring at 17.0 points per game.
Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic
Cavaliers: PG - Shaun Livingston, SG - Dion Waiters, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Tyler Zeller
Mavs: PG - Mike James, SG - O.J. Mayo, SF - Jae Crowder
PF - Dirk Nowitzki , C - Chris Kaman
Injuries: (Cavs) - Kyrie Irving, (Left AC (acromioclavicular) Sprain, Out), Omri Casspi, (Appendectomy, Probable), Anderson Varejao, (Vastus Medialis Split/Surgery, Out)
(Mavs) - Shawn Marion, (Left Calf Contusion, Day-to-Day)
*Subject to change
The Cavaliers lead the all-time series against the Mavs, 34-27, posting a 20-11 mark in games played at home with the Mavs holding a 16-14 advantage while playing in their own arena.
In the previous matchup with the Dallas on November 17th, Cleveland pulled down 13 offensive rebounds which led to a 19-7 advantage in second chance points.
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Key to the Game
Since Jan. 14th, the Cavs are averaging an NBA-low 12.3 turnovers per game. Overall, Cleveland ranks 6th in the NBA at taking care of the ball this season (14.0). The Cavaliers have tied or had fewer turnovers than their opponents in 31 of their last 38 contests.
Defensively, Cleveland ranks 7th in the NBA in opponent turnovers per game at 15.5 and 10th in points off turnovers (17.6) this season.
With the Mavericks being one of the older teams in the league, if the Wine and Gold can force turnovers and get out on the break, they will give themselves an advantage.
Tristan Thompson vs. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki missed most of the first half of the season with a knee injury, but since the All-Star break, Nowitzki is averaging 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds on 48.2 percent from the field and 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from 3-point range.
Tristan Thompson anchors the Wine and Gold bigs and posted a double-double against the Mavericks on November 17th with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Thompson has 19 double-doubles in his last 38 games and is averaging 13.5 points on .502 shooting, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes during that span. He has four consecutive double-doubles and a team-leading 24 on the season.
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