November 13, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) drives under the basket while defended by Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) and guard Kyrie Irving during the third quarter of an NBA game at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Mavericks-Cavaliers Preview (Dallas Mavericks 2012-2013)

Based on the Dallas Mavericks’ record against LOSING teams, one can’t help what’s around the bend but the Mavericks get another change to flex a little muscle against the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night.

Both teams are struggling on defense.  Dallas has allowed 100 points or more five of their last six games including to the winless Wizards and the Pacers, ranked 30th and 28th in the NBA in scoring, respectively.

Cleveland can score and unless Dallas starts to play better defense, they likely will.  The Cavs have problem similar to and in fact, worse than the Mavs.  They’ve been allowing a staggering 108.25 ppg.

Kyrie Irving is playing at all All-Star level, scoring 24.3 ppg average and dishing out 6.5 assists.  Anderson Varejao anchors the middle and is putting up 15.9 ppg and grabbing 13.7 rebounds, undeterred by new anti-flopping rules.

Cleveland is 2-6 and ahead of only Sacramento and Washington in point differential so they’re getting beat and by a lot.  The Mavericks will have to work on defending the pick-and-roll, which Irving and Varejao, along with Dion Walters, are adept.

Still, tis is a game the Mavericks should win if they play even an average game.


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