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Game Thread: Cavaliers (8-43) at Mavericks (35-15)

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WHO: The Dallas Mavericks host the Cleveland Cavaliers

WHAT: The lone home game in between two big road trips.

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 7:30pm CT

HOW: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | FSO | WTAM | KESN

THE STORY: The Cleveland Cavaliers are bad. It's actually getting to be quite sad for them. The Mavericks are the hottest team in the league right now, and they're adding one of their secret weapons in Peja Stojakovic tonight, so if they play at the level they've been playing at, this game could get ugly. Some links after the jump... and for your own safety, you should Fear The Sword.

Cavaliers-Mavericks Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
The Cleveland Cavaliers' historic losing streak has seemed like a nightmare for players and fans, and the club could have a tough time ending the slide in a road matchup with the hottest team in the NBA. Having set a single-season league record with 24 consecutive losses, Cleveland tries to avoid surpassing the franchise's own all-time league mark Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, winners of eight straight.

Inside Report: Cavaliers-Mavericks preview — Streaking Mavs welcome in slumping Cavaliers to Big D
Sandwiched in between two three-game road trips, the Mavericks’ matchup with the NBA-worst Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night could either serve as a gift or a curse for the home team.

Shootaround Report: Cavaliers (8-43) at Mavericks (35-15) - Mavs Fast Break
Perhaps it was a sign of things to come when the Mavericks’ Monday morning shootaround ended with sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic making a half-court heave to conclude the team’s pre-game routine in style. It’s fitting, because Stojakovic will make his highly-anticipated Dallas debut Monday night when the Mavericks host the free-falling Cleveland Cavaliers at the American Airlines Center.

Dallas Mavericks Blog: Peja and Roddy
When Peja Stojakovic finally makes his expected debut Monday night against Cleveland -- and, yes, I do expect him to start -- Dallas will officially have two of the five most prolific 3-point shooters in NBA history in the lineup. Which Mav Would Be The Best Broadcaster?
Mavs play-by-play voice Mark Followill takes your questions and gives you insight into the Mavs: Peja tonight? Road-game restaurants? Which Mav would make the best announcer?

Recap: Dallas Mavericks best Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats | The Two Man Game
When you go toe-to-toe with the best team in the entire league, you tend to take wins any way you can get them, even if they turn out a little bit flukey. Dallas had two very strange plays go their way: an errant pass from Jason Terry to Dirk Nowitzki that was somehow converted into a Jason Kidd go-ahead three-pointer, and a shockingly off-target lob from Rajon Rondo to Kevin Garnett on the ensuing inbound play. The probability of both of those plays unfolding in such favorable fashion is insanely low, and yet the Mavericks managed to steal one from the almighty Celtics.