Cavaliers (4-10) at Mavericks (9-5)
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Place: American Airlines Center
TV/Radio: FSSW; ESPN, 103.3 FM, Univision, 1270 AM (Spanish)
About the Mavs: This is the finale of a four-game home stand. The Mavericks haven’t won four home games in a row since March, 2017, when they won the first four of a five-game say at AAC . . . Last season, they swept a three-game home stand in December . . . The Mavericks have won three in a row against the Cavaliers, including a 131-111 victory earlier this month in Cleveland . . . The Mavericks have quietly become one of the best rebounding teams in the league, averaging more than two boards more than their opponents thanks to a recent run of aggressiveness in the rebounding department . . . Offensively, the Mavericks have the No. 1 efficiency rating in the league and their 3-point shooting has perked up to 35.3 percent for the season. Luka Doncic? He’s only averaging 29.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game.
About the Cavs: This is the end of a three-game road trip for the Cavaliers, but it really hasn’t much mattered for them, home or road. They’ve lost five in a row and have been outscored by 73 points in those games . . . They should get Brandon Knight (ankle) back tonight after missing their last game . . . Despite the record, the Cavs have respectable talent, led by Kevin Love (18.7 points, 12.2 rebounds per game), point guard Collin Sexton (18 points per game) and Tristan Thompson (14.5 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) . . . The Cavs are 28th in the NBA in points scored at 104.1 per game and 26th in shooting percentage (.433) . . . They also are 26th in 3-point shooting at just under 33 percent.