Cavaliers vs Mavericks Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, December 17, 2022

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (19-11) are 8.5-point favorites against the Dallas Mavericks (15-14) on December 17, 2022 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The contest features one of the NBA’s top squads at defending the three and one of the top shooting teams. The Cavaliers rank fifth in the league in triples allowed per game (11.1), while the Mavericks are third in 3’s made (14.8). The over/under in the game is 211.5.

How to bet Cavaliers vs. Mavericks

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -354 odds to pick up the win, while the Mavericks are listed at +282 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 211.5 points.

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Cavaliers vs. Mavericks Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, December 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSOH
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Cavaliers vs. Mavericks Betting Trends

In the Cavaliers’ 30 games this season, they have 17 wins against the spread. Cleveland has been the favorite in 22 games this season and has come away with the win 16 times (72.7%) in those contests. Cavaliers games this year have eclipsed the over/under 41.4% of the time (12 out of 29 games with a set point total).

In the Mavericks’ 29 games this year, they have nine wins against the spread. Dallas has a 1-5 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 16.7% of those games). Mavericks games this season have gone over the point total 62.1% of the time (18 out of 29 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Cavaliers Leaders
Donovan Mitchell 26 29.7 3.8 4.6 1.4 0.4 4
Darius Garland 24 20.9 2.6 7.9 1.3 0.2 2.5
Evan Mobley 30 15.1 9.4 2.6 0.8 1.4 0.3
Jarrett Allen 23 13.9 10 1.4 0.7 1.2 0
Caris LeVert 26 12.3 4.3 4.3 0.7 0.1 1.5


Mavericks Leaders
Luka Dončić 27 33 8.3 8.7 1.6 0.6 2.9
Christian Wood 26 17.2 7.8 1.3 0.4 0.6 1.5
Spencer Dinwiddie 29 16.4 3.3 5.3 1 0.3 2.6
Tim Hardaway Jr. 28 13.1 2.6 1.7 0.9 0.1 2.8
Dorian Finney-Smith 29 8.3 4 1.1 1 0.5 1.8
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Cavaliers vs. Mavericks Injury Report

Mavericks: Davis Bertans: Out (Illness), Maxi Kleber: Out (Hamstring), Josh Green: Out (Elbow)

What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland has been carried by its defense, as it ranks best in the NBA by giving up just 104.8 points per game. It ranks 24th in the league in points scored (110.9 per contest). Offensively the Cavaliers have performed better in home games this season, putting up 114.1 points per game, compared to 107.7 per game when playing on the road. On offense, the Cavaliers have struggled over their last 10 games, scoring 104.4 points per contest over that span as opposed to the 110.9 they’ve put up over the course of this year.

With 11.6 treys per game, Cleveland is 17th in the NBA. It has a 37% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks seventh in the league. The Cavaliers have taken 63.1% two-pointers and 36.9% from three-point land this year. Of the team’s baskets, 71.4% are two-pointers and 28.6% are three-pointers.

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What you need to know about the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas puts up 111.8 points per game and give up 109.9, ranking them 19th in the NBA offensively and sixth defensively. The Mavericks score 111.8 points per game at home, and the same number away. The Mavericks have played better offensively in their previous 10 games, compiling 116.9 points per contest, 5.1 more than their season average of 111.8.

Dallas is the third-best team in the league in 3-pointers made (14.8 per game) and 15th in 3-point percentage (36%). In 2022-23, the Mavericks have attempted 50.9% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 49.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 62.4% of the Mavericks’ baskets have been 2-pointers, and 37.6% have been 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this contest is the Cavaliers, and we project that Mavericks will cover the spread (Cavaliers -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 211.5 points.

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Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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