Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 5/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+6.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (37-28) play the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-45) at American Airlines Center on Friday. Cleveland opens this game as 6.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 227.
The Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Portland Blazers and took a loss by a score of 141-105 in their last contest. Cleveland finished the game with a 40.2% FG percentage (37 of 92) and made 13 out of their 38 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers converted 18 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 69.2%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 42 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 23 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing 10 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Regarding the defense, Cleveland allowed their opponent to shoot 57.6% from the floor on 53 out of 92 shooting. Portland recorded 26 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. Furthermore, Portland pulled down 54 rebounds (11 offensive, 43 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Portland ended up shooting 76.0% from the free throw line by making 19 of their 25 attempts. They also knocked down 16 of 33 tries from distance.
Kevin Love is a guy who played a role for the contest. He ended up with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 25:52 mins and also totaled 8 boards. Love ended up going 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this matchup for the Cavaliers was Collin Sexton. He didn't pull down a board in his 34:24 minutes played. He finished shooting 40.0% from the field in this contest by going 6-of-15 (15 points). When all was said and done, Sexton earned 4 assists.
Cleveland heads into this matchup with a mark of 21-45 on the campaign. They cough up possession 15.5 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Cleveland is grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game and has earned 1,593 assists for the year, which has them ranked 21st in basketball in terms of passing. The Cavaliers are hitting 34.0% from downtown (660 of 1,943) and 74.4% from the charity stripe. They average 104.1 points per outing (30th in basketball) while hitting 45.3% from the floor. Defensively, the Cavaliers are forcing 14.7 turnovers every game while drawing 20.0 fouls. They give up 38.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 16th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.2). The Cavaliers defense is giving up a FG percentage of 48.4% (970 of 1,322) and they concede 43.7 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 18th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,670 surrendered for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Dallas Mavericks walked away with a victory by a final of 127-113 when they played the Miami Heat. The Mavericks earned 32 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 13 times, while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Heat committed 17 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Mavericks to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 72.2%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, Dallas made 22 of 48 attempts (45.8%). Overall, the Mavericks finished 46 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.9%. The Mavericks permitted the Heat to convert 39 of their 84 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 46.4% in the matchup. They finished 43.9% from beyond the arc by connecting on 18 of 41 and finished the game at 17 out of 21 from the free throw line (81.0%). In reference to rebounding, Dallas allowed Miami to collect 39 in all (8 offensive).
Tim Hardaway was important for the Mavericks for this contest. He made 13 of 24 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 54.2%, and had 4 rebounds. Hardaway earned 36 points in his 33:15 mins on the hardwood and earned 1 assist for the contest. An additional guy that was important for Dallas was Luka Doncic. He accumulated 8 dimes in 30:16 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 8 of 15 from the floor. Doncic wrapped this one up going 53.3% from the field while also earning 23 points and 12 boards.
Dallas has a win-loss mark of 37-28 for the season. The Mavericks commit 19.3 fouls per game and they hit 77.3% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 22.5 times per contest (26th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.1 times per contest. Dallas has totaled 7,285 pts so far this year (112.1 per contest) and they pull down 43.4 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Mavericks are hitting on 47.0% from the field, which is ranked 13th in basketball. The Mavericks on the defensive side of the court are 9th in the league in points allowed per contest with 110.0. The Dallas defense allows 36.6% from downtown (842 of 2,301) and their opponents are knocking down 76.2% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 22.7 assists and 44.0 boards per contest, which has them ranked 3rd and 16th in the league. They have forced 12.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the floor (9th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-6.5)
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