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(14-5) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks (11-9)
Date: Wednesday December 7th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden – Manhattan, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Cavs -110, Knicks -110
NBA Betting Odds: Cavs -5.0
NBA Betting Total: 216.0
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Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference face off in the Mecca of basketball this Wednesday. The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Manhattan to take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Cavaliers have faced a rough patch over the last week. They lost three games in a row before defeating the Raptors 116-112 in Toronto on Monday. They are still in 1st place in the East, but their firm grip on the spot has significantly loosened.
The Knicks have been on a bit of a roll over the last few games. They have won three in a row and face off against the Miami Heat on Tuesday. This game will be the second of a back-to-back, so fatigue could be an issue for them.
They are currently in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs were an absolute juggernaut to start 2016 and looked poised to win the Eastern Conference again. However, they have faced a tough stretch and lost three in a row for the first time since last year. They ended the streak against Toronto on Monday, but lost J.R. Smith to an injury.
LeBron James could have some extra motivation coming into this one after controversial comments made by New York General Manager Phil Jackson. Jackson’s referring to James’s entourage as a “posse” has sparked a lot of media speculation, and LeBron has taken offense to it.
Giving King James extra motivation just before he plays your team is never a good idea. LeBron scores 23.9 points, grabs 7.7 rebounds and dishes 9.2 assists per game.
Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring with 24.4 points per game along with 4.7 assists. Kevin Love contributes 21.4 points and 10.6 rebounds a night.
The Cavs are 4th in the NBA in scoring with 110.3 points per game. They are 13th in rebounding with 44.3 and 10th in assists with 22.6 per contest.
The defense allows 105.1 points per game which ranks them 17th in the league.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have made lots of changes in 2016, and it has been for the better. They have become a much better team with the emergence of Kristaps Porzingis and the addition of Derrick Rose.
They have won three games in a row and face off against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
New York now looks like a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference, but this game will definitely put them to the test. They will be on the second night of a back-to-back, facing off against the best team in the East.
Derrick Rose has been rejuvenated in New York and managed to stay healthy so far. He has been a key part of the win streak and really fits nicely into this squad, without having to worry about leading the team.
He is currently scoring 17.0 points per game to go along with 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring with 22.5 points per game as well as grabbing 6.2 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis continues to improve and is currently contributing 20.6 points and 7.4 boards per game.
The Knicks are 15th in the league in scoring with 104.3 points per game. They are 6th in rebounding with 45.4 and tied for 15th in assists with 22.2 per night.
The Knicks defense continues to be sub-par; they allow 106.4 points per game which ranks them 22nd in the NBA.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Cavs are 2-6-1 ATS in last 9 games against team with winning record
- Cavs are 1-4 ATS in last 5 road games
- Cavs are 3-9-1 ATS in last 13 games against Eastern Conference opponents
- Knicks are 8-1 ATS in last 9 home games
- Knicks are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games against team with winning record
- Underdog is 7-3 ATS in last 10 meetings between Cavs and Knicks
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
It’s always hard to pick against the Cavs, but they have really struggled lately. They also lost J.R. Smith on Monday, and he is likely to miss this game.
LeBron has struggled in the past in Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks have always given the Cavs a hard time.
The Knicks are the hotter team, with the home court advantage, playing a team that they usually play well against.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +5.0
They may not win, but they won’t lose by more than 5.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 109 – New York 106
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