#CavsMavs Game Preview - November 11, 2017

American Airlines Center 8:30 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (5-7) will take on the Dallas Mavericks (2-10) on Saturday night for the second leg of their Texas two-step. Tipoff from the American Airlines Center is at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

The Wine & Gold will be eyeing their first win during the current four-game roadie against after falling to the Houston Rockets, 117-113, on Thursday night.

Despite the loss, Cleveland continued to excel at the offensive end. In fact, over the last four games, the Cavaliers are averaging 120.5 points on .510 shooting from the field, .398 from three-point range and .883 from the foul line. Against the Rockets, Cleveland shot 45-81 (.556) from the field, their sixth time connecting on at least half their field goal attempts this season.

So far this campaign, the club ranks 3rd in the NBA in FG% (.481), 3rd in FT% (.817) and 5th in PPG (110.2).

Jeff Green stood out for the Cavs on Thursday, coming off the bench and tallying the highest scoring quarter for a Cavs player this season after pouring in 20 of his season-high 27 points in the second period. Throughout the young 2017-18 campaign, Green has been the leading scorer off the Cavs’ bench with averages of 11.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 21.7 minutes.

Like Green, JR Smith has shown improvement in November. Over the last two games, Smith is averaging 16.5 points on .522 (12-23) shooting, including .533 (8-15) from deep, in 34.5 minutes.

The Cavs will look for that same offensive prowess while focusing on defense and rebounding when they tipoff Saturday night in Dallas. Of course, the future hall-of-famer Dirk Nowitzki and company will do everything they can to slow down the Wine & Gold.

Through the first 12 games of the Mavericks' 2017-18 season, they've managed only two wins, including a 113-99 win over the Wizards in their last matchup, which ended a six-game slide. Dallas finds themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference, however, they've managed decent offensive production, especially from beyond the arc where they have notched nine trifectas in each of their first 12 games, including a 19-trey matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 28th.

Going forward, the Mavs will need to continue to rely on their impressive rebounding efforts.The Mavericks outrebounded the Wizards, 53-39 (including 11-3 on the offensive glass), in their previously mentioned victory at Washington earlier this week. Dallas grabbed 50-plus boards for the second time in its first 12 games of the season.

Even after a rough start, the Mavs have shown flashes of hope from their young roster with Nowitzki as their veteran leader. In their most recent game against Washington, Dallas earned big performances from Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. Barnes notched 31 points and nine rebounds in the win while Smith tallied 22 points and eight dimes.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, WUAB 43

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note: On Saturday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Blue Jackets – Red Wings (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Mavericks game (8:30 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#4 - Iman Shumpert

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#11 - Yogi Ferrell

#1 - Dennis Smith Jr.

#23 - Wesley Matthews

#40 - Harrison Barnes

#41 - Dirk Nowitzki

Status Update: (Cavs) - Isaiah Thomas, (Right hip, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Left calf strain, Out), Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain/soreness, Out)

Status Update: (Mavericks) - Seth Curry, (Leg, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

On Saturday, the Cavs will play the Mavericks in the first of two meetings this season. They split the two-game series in 2016-17.

Cleveland is 4-1 in the last five meetings versus the Mavericks, which includes two 30-point victories (128-90 at CLE on 11/25/16 and 127-94 at DAL on 3/10/15). Over those five contests, the Cavs are averaging 112.2 points (including 15.2 second chance points and 18.0 fast break points), 24.2 assists and 14.8 three-point field goals made per game (74-188 3FG, .394).

A cool storyline for Cavs fans to watch for on Saturday concerns JR Smith and Nowitzki. Smith (1,793 3FGM) is three triples away from passing Dirk Nowitzki (1,795 3FGM) for 13th place on the NBA’s all-time three-pointers made list.

The next time these two clubs hit the floor, they'll tipoff in The Land on April 1, 2018.


On Deck

Following the Cavs' Texas tour, the squad will make their way to NYC to battle the Knicks on Monday, November 13th before traveling down the East Coast to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday the 15th. The Wine & Gold return home on Friday, November 17th for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) dual against the Clippers.

FIND SEATS | FULL SCHEDULE

Cavs.com Wrap Up from Dallas

Cavs.com’s Fred McLeod checks in from Big D to recap Saturday’s victory against the Mavericks.

Cavs at Mavs - November 11, 2017

Scroll Video up Scroll Video down Scroll Video left Scroll Video right

Cavs.com Wrap Up from Dallas

Cavs.com’s Fred McLeod checks in from Big D to recap Saturday’s victory against the Mavericks.
Nov 12, 2017  |  03:45

#CavsMavs Postgame: LeBron James - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  05:15

#CavsMavs Postgame: Kyle Korver - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with the media following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  04:14

#CavsMavs Postgame: Jae Crowder - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder spoke with the media following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  03:06

#CavsMavs Postgame: Kevin Love - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  02:17

#CavsMavs Postgame: Coach Lue - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  02:55

#CavsMavs On-Court Postgame: JR Smith - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  01:41

#CavsMavs Postgame: JR Smith - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with the media following Saturday's 111-104 victory against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
Nov 12, 2017  |  01:01

Love's Double-Double

Kevin Love scores 29 points and grabs 15 rebounds against the Mavericks.
Nov 11, 2017  |  01:33

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 111, Mavericks 104

Kevin Love scores 29 points and grabs 15 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks, 111-104.
Nov 11, 2017  |  02:23

Featured Highlight: LBJ with the Exclamation Mark

LeBron James blows past Dirk Nowitzki and throws the hammer down to cap off the victory.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:13

LBJ with the Chase Down Block

LeBron James tracks down Dennis Smith Jr. and comes up with the big block.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:03

Korver Cans the Triple

Kyle Korver comes off the screen and knocks down the triple.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:15

KLove Crashes the Glass

Kevin Love follows up the missed bucket with the one-handed putback slam.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:09

KLove Putting in Work in the Paint

Kevin Love dominates in the paint against Dallas in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:46

Jeff Green Beats the 1Q Buzzer

Jeff Green caps off the first quarter by canning the long jumper before the horn.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:10

LBJ with the Putback Slam

LeBron James crashes the offensive glass and hammers home the putback slam in transition.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:12

Cavs Go On 13-0 Run in the 1Q

The Wine & Gold use a 13-0 run midway through the opening quarter to take the lead early in Dallas.
Nov 11, 2017  |  00:52

#CavsMavs Shootaround: Coach Lue - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Saturday's shootaround at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Nov 11, 2017  |  02:13

#CavsMavs Shootaround: LeBron James - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media prior to Saturday's shootaround at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Nov 11, 2017  |  03:36

#CavsMavs Shootaround: Dwyane Wade - November 11, 2017

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media prior to Saturday's shootaround at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Nov 11, 2017  |  02:37