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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks gamethread

It’s Saturday night basketball in a slightly-warmer Cleveland.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

This, for me at least, is one of the more fun games on the schedule. Luka Doncic is tons of fun and a star already. This is probably Dirk Nowitzki’s last game in Cleveland — that alone is reason to watch, even if Dirk isn’t what once was. Plus, Cedi Osman has been awesome of late, the team getting a bit healthier and it’s not quite as rough to watch this group as it had been in recent weeks.

So, enjoy this one — I know I will, assuming the Cavs don’t go down by 20 points or more early. But if that happens, it’s probably because Luka is doing cool stuff and that’s kind of awesome.

Cavs projected starting lineup: Collin Sexton, Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, Cedi Osman, Ante Zizic

Mavericks projected starting lineup: Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Harrison Barnes, Maxi Kleber, Salah Mejri

Cavs status updates: Kevin Love (OUT - foot), John Henson (OUT - wrist), J.R. Smith (NWT). David Nwaba (QUESTIONABLE - ankle), Tristan Thompson (OUT - foot)

Mavericks status updates: JJ Barea (OUT - right Achilles surgery), Luka Doncic Luka Doncic(questionable - left ankle soreness), Kristaps Porzingis (NWT), Tim Hardaway Jr. (NWT), Courtney Lee (NWT), Trey Burke (NWT)