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Utah Jazz Chances of making playoffs: As of Tuesday, the Cavaliers have a 96 percent chance to appear in the postseason, but only a 5 percent chance of raising a banner. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will tip off this coming Sunday at 3: Cavs vs Celtics series odds

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Both are still behind the heavily favored Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers covered in the match as a point favorite, while combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be snapping out of a puzzling slump and will go after their third consecutive victory Monday night when they visit the improving Dallas Mavericks.

The Cavaliers remained in control at the top of the Eastern Conference despite losing six of eight games earlier this month, but knocked off Oklahoma City on Sunday with a solid effort on both ends of the floor. It started with the defensive end. We do that, we have a good chance to win every night. The Mavericks, who started the season , have won six of their last nine contests after holding on for a victory at San Antonio on Sunday.

The Cavaliers beat the Mavericks on Nov. Most of the hot air will go down when the Pistons and Bucks square off in Milwaukee, while Enes Kanter will head back to Utah to take on the Jazz in the final game of the night. Orlando has been messing with their lineups lately, which could be keeping them from seeing any real progress. Even if they figure out the perfect rotation tonight, however, winning in Cleveland should prove to be a tall order.

The Cavaliers are a perfect on their home floor this year and have also won 8 of their last 10 games. It may be difficult to maintain that momentum on the road against the Hornets, however.

Charlotte is a staggering on their home floor this year, while Sacramento is just away from home. The Kings also play some of the worst defense in the NBA, so the Hornets will likely have their way in a win. James has been sensational, but he is not getting enough help from his teammates. Despite Kevin Love and Derrick Rose combining to provide Cleveland still manages points per game, but its defense is surrendering One must wonder if too much time is being ceded to a declining Dwyane Wade, who has hardly defended well for his part.

Nor has he been much on offense. Rose has shined and begun to look more like pre-injury Rose, but there is no sense extending the charade that the Cavaliers are going to get what he once was as a Chicago Bull, anytime soon, or ever. Beyond the big names, Jeff Green has been solid, but this team is looking a lot more like a middle-of-the-pack Eastern Conference team than the three-time Eastern Conference champs it has been. What is so strange is that so little of the blame can be directed to its team leader, which instead begs the question of what head coach Tyronn Lue can do to get more from his defense.

For starters, the Cavaliers have no rim protectors, and that only exacerbates the issue with Wade and Rose being so easy to beat on the perimeter. While Timofey Mozgov may have been an expensive blunder, he is better than anything the Cavs currently have to guard the rim.