The Cavaliers (21-45) aren’t fighting for anything but pride right now. They are on an eight-game losing streak with six games remaining on their schedule.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks (38-28) would like to keep their top-five position and stave off other teams who are looking to knock them off their spot. They have won eight of their last 10 games and are in the midst of one of the most important stretches of their season.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Injury Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers have several names on their injury report.
Darius Garland won’t play against the Dallas Mavericks due to a left ankle sprain. The second-year guard will miss his fourth straight game because of the injury. Rookie Lamar Stevens is still nursing a concussion and will also be sidelined for Friday’s matchup.
The four players listed below are likely out for the season, even if there are those who haven’t been officially shut down by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dylan Windler has been given no timetable for a return after going through surgery to address patellar tendinopathy in his left knee.
Matthew Dellavedova should be out for the season due to a neck strain that is possibly related to a severe concussion he suffered much earlier in the season.
Larry Nance Jr. has a fractured right thumb that he may or may not address through surgery. It could take weeks for him to recover, signaling the end of his campaign.
Taurean Prince is out for the season after he underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.
The Dallas Mavericks have included three players in their injury report for the Cleveland Cavaliers game.
Kristaps Porzingis is doubtful to appear in Friday’s encounter, and Coach Rick Carlisle is unsure about his return. The 7-footer could likely end up missing games until just before the season’s end.
Maxi Kleber has a sore right Achilles that will likely keep him out of the Cavaliers matchup.
Meanwhile, the Mavs have not updated Tyrell Terry’s status, and he is still out for personal reasons.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Predicted Lineups
The Cavaliers’ undermanned backcourt will rely on Damyean Dotson and Brodric Thomas playing increased roles.
Cedi Osman has been elevated to the starting lineup in the absence of Garland, so he will likely play more minutes on Friday.
With their frontcourt in need of a boost, the Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed back Anderson Varejao on Wednesday. He’ll be around to help out and provide energy off the bench. Mfiondu Kabengele, Dean Wade and Isaiah Hartenstein will also come off the bench for the Cavs.
With Maxi Kleber out, Tim Hardaway Jr. has moved up the starting lineup as the small forward. This has pushed Dorian Finney-Smith to play power forward.
Meanwhile, Willie Caulie-Stein will start at the center position in the absence of Kristaps Porzingis.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Dallas Mavericks Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard – Collin Sexton l Shooting Guard – Isaac Okoro l Small Forward – Cedi Osman l Power Forward – Kevin Love l Center – Jarrett Allen
Point Guard – Luka Doncic l Shooting Guard – Josh Richardson l Small Forward – Tim Hardaway Jr. l Power Forward – Dorian Finney-Smith l Center – Willie Caulie-Stein