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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers

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Will the Mavericks wake up in time for this early start?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

WHO: Cleveland Cavaliers

WHAT: Roadtrip!

WHERE: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. CT

HOW: FSSW

THE STORY: A noon central start? I'm game. If I may, let's remember back to another recent afternoon game.

Ok, so I sneaked that in because whatever, but don't sleep on Cleveland. Let me rephrase -- don't sleep on any team that just made a big trade, no matter how bad they are. With Deng in the lineup and Varejao roaming the middle as always, the Cavs have some tough defenders. And though they've been inconsistent this year, Kyrie Irving leads this team of potent scorers. It's hard to imagine the Mavericks coming in unprepared after a drumming against Portland, but if they do, things won't necessarily go smoothly.