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Game preview: Dallas Mavericks @ Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers home stand continues tonight on Easter Sunday as they take on the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports Ohio.

The Cavaliers look to continue this home stand on a good note. The Cavs look to lock up the third seed in the Eastern Conference, as any loss from here on out could drop the Cavs as low as the fifth seed.

Some notes on tonight’s game via game notes.

  • This will be the last Western Conference opponent they will face in the regular season.

  • Cavs are 7-1 in their last eight games.

  • LeBron James can tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the fifth-most 30-point games in NBA history and pass Kobe Bryants for third-most 20-point games. James can also pass Isiah Thomas on the all time steals list and Kevin Love, if he has a double-double tonight, could be the seventh active player to reach 400 double-doubles in his career.

  • Tristan Thompson has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in four of the last five games, which includes a season-high 14 rebounds.

  • Rodney Hood has scored at least 13 points in four straight games.


Possible starting line ups and injuries for both teams via preview.

Dallas Mavericks (23-53)

(G) Dennis Smith Jr., (G) Dorian Finney-Smith, (F) Harrison Barnes, (F) Dwight Powell, (C) Dirk Nowitzki.

Injuries — Dirk Nowitzki (Probable), Dwight Powell (Probable), JJ Barea (OUT), Seth Curry (OUT) and Wesley Matthews (OUT).

Cleveland Cavaliers (46-30)

(G) Jose Calderon, (G) Rodney Hood, (F) LeBron James, (F) Kevin Love, (C) Larry Nance Jr.

Injuries —  George Hill (OUT) and Kyle Korver (OUT).

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