Free NBA Pick: Knicks vs Cavaliers Lines
Looking for New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Knicks taking on the Cavs on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(0-0) New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: NYK -107, CLE – 103
NBA Betting Odds: CLE -9.5
NBA Betting Total: Off
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When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship, LeBron James fell to his knees in tears and an entire city celebrated the country’s second-longest title drought disappear in an instant.
Come Tuesday night, those same fans will witness James and Co. receive their rings before their matchup with the new-look New York Knicks in what everyone around The Land hopes will be Game 1 of another championship season.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks haven’t made the postseason since the 2012-13 campaign, which is why there was need for drastic change.
Jeff Hornacek is in at head coach, Derrick Rose is the team’s new point guard, Joakim Noah has come over to play center and the likes of Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee add shooting to the roster.
Although most of these moves are high-risk, there is legitimate hope of returning to the playoffs this season if Rose and Noah in particular can stay healthy.
As far as this game goes against the Cavs, the hope will be to ease players like Rose into the system without taking away looks from Knicks staples Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Melo is one of the game’s purest scorers who can hit from both inside and out; Porzingis proved during his rookie season he can also be a threat both above the rim and beyond the arc.
Stopping LeBron James is crucial any time you face the Cavs, but until he shows legitimate signs of backward progress, containing players like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith become even more important.
James is going to get his on most nights; stopping the rest is what will create a close contest.
If we know anything about James, it’s that he’s not satisfied getting the city of Cleveland one ring. If that had been the case, he would have taken his talents elsewhere in free agency this offseason.
Instead, he signed a three-year commitment to the franchise worth $100 million, proving his loyalty to The Land and locking in this team as a contender for at least the next three seasons.
Against New York, Cleveland will look to take away Melo’s options at the rim. As good of a shooter as he is, he’s proven he’s more efficient in the post playing small-ball 4.
But like the Knicks, the Cavaliers will have to focus more primarily on stopping the surrounding pieces, assuming Anthony is going to get his (even if it takes 30 shots). X-factors such as Rose, Lee and Jennings could be what keeps the Knicks close.
Stopping them could be what breaks it wide open for Cleveland.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Cavaliers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between Knicks and Cavs.
- Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland.
Free New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction
The Cavaliers should win this game straight up, but with offseason rust still on both teams, it’s difficult to picture a double-digit win — even for the defending champions.
If Derrick Rose proves to be inefficient and a non-difference maker, that narrative could flip.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: NYK ATS
But at this juncture, we see the Cavs winning by fewer than 10 points.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New York 97 – Cleveland 103
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