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2020 NBA Handicapping
(1-2) New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-0)
Date: Tuesday, December 29
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks +4.5 | Cavaliers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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Tuesday, December 29th finds the New York Knicks playing the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Knicks hold the all-time record between the clubs with 114 wins in 213 meetings. Last season, the teams played four times with the Knicks claiming three of four matches.
New York Knicks
That the Knicks have a single win through three games isn’t surprising. What is surprising is the team they beat was the Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, they didn’t just win that contest they blew out the Bucks by a 20 point win margin (130-110).
The victory marked Tom Thibodeau’s first as the new head coach in the Mecca. Five Knicks registered double-figure scoring nights with Julius Randle leading the way behind a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds as well as seven assists.
Elfrid Payton had a strong effort with 27 points and seven assists. The trio of Alec Burks (18), RJ Barrett (17), and Frank Ntilikina (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
Dennis Smith Jr. (quadricep), Immanuel Quickley (hip), Omari Spellman (knee), and Austin Rivers (groin) who’ve missed between one and three games are all questionable for Tuesday. Rookie
Obi Toppin is expected to remain out until January 6th with a calf strain.
The surprising early storyline of the season is the teams who are expected to be in the lottery getting out to hot starts with the 3-0 Cavaliers among them.
While two of the Cavaliers games came against other projected lottery squads (Hornets and Pistons) the third was a blowout win versus the 76ers.
Five Cavaliers scored in double-figures with Andre Drummond leading the way behind a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Collin Sexton scored 22 and chipped in with three assists and three rebounds. His backcourt parter Darius Garland provided 14 points and seven assits while Cedi Osman (14), and Larry Nance Jr. (13) were the other double-figure scorers.
Kevin Love had to leave the last match after straining his calf. Isaac Okoro is dealing with a left foot sprain. Matthew Dellevedova (concussion) and Kevin Porter Jr. (personal) have both missed the last three games. All four players are listed as questionable for Tuesday.
Dylan Windler (hand) is out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- NY are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Central
- Over is 17-6 in CLE last 23 home games.
- CLE are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Free New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Injuries could play a factor in this match particularly for the Cavaliers if Love can’t go. Although the Knicks have a single victory to their credit they’ve been in every match but failed to sustain their efforts through a full 48 minutes until the victory over the Bucks.
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While Thibs has the Knicks competing defensively the offense is a huge question mark. Case in point they’ve scored 107, 89, and 130 points and the latter was against the toughest team.
As for the Cavaliers’ early hot start, the question is whether this is smoke and mirrors of a small sample size or the long-term identity of this club.
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