Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Game Information
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-9) vs. New York Knicks (8-11)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, Fox Sports Ohio, MSG Network
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Cavaliers +110 / Knicks -133) (Current: Cavaliers -108 / Knicks -108)
Spread: (Open: Knicks -1.5) (Current: Cavaliers -1)
Total: (Open: 206) (Current: 208)
NBA Championship Odds: Cavaliers +25000 / Knicks +25000
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks News and Notes
Cleveland lists four players on their injury report: Larry Nance Jr. (wrist) and Lamar Stevens (abdomen) will be a game-time decision while Kevin Love (calf) and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) are out until February.
New York lists two players on their injury report: Alec Burks (ankle) and Reggie Bullock (neck) are game-time decisions.
- The total is 5-2 to the over in their last seven meetings in New York.
- The total is 6-0 to the over in Cleveland’s last six games.
- The total is 4-0 to the over following a game in which Cleveland covered the spread.
- The total is 5-0 to the over following a game in which Cleveland’s opponent allows at least 100 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Predictions and Picks
It looks like the training wheels are officially off for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland was one of the slowest teams in terms of pace, but it seems the players have now earned second-year head coach J.B Bickerstaff’s trust. Cleveland is now getting about five more possessions per game on offense than they did earlier in the season, and that is paying off for over bettors as their last six games have gone over the total. To get an idea of how slow their pace was earlier, they’re still 10-8 to the under this season despite their recent run of going over the total.
If we examine the Knicks, they haven’t been as sharp on the defensive end as they were earlier in the season. Their opponents have scored at least 100 points in their last four games, and in their last three games, they’re ranked 26th in defensive efficiency (1.137) and 27th in three-pointers allowed (14 per game). This should benefit a Cavaliers team that continues to improve with a 1.065 offensive efficiency in their last three games compared to their season average at 1.25.
If New York continues to trail their opponents because of their defensive woes, they’re less likely to slow down the tempo as they try to fight their way back. Cleveland’s confidence is at an all-time high right now this season, and I think we’ll continue to see this team develop its half-court offense.
My model has an edge to this game, going over the total, and that’s exactly how I’ll look to play this matchup.
The Pick: Over 208