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2023 NBA Handicapping
(44-33) New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (48-29)
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, North Carolina
Moneyline NBA Odds: Knicks +190 | Cavaliers -200 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Cavalier -5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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As can be seen, the Knicks last played Wednesday defeating the Heat 101-92 while the Cavaliers played Tuesday losing a heartbreaker 118-120 to the Hawks.
The Knicks are 43-32-2 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 24-14 ATS as the away team. At this time, the Cavaliers are 41-33-3 against the spread this season. Also, they are 23-13-2 ATS as the home team
Friday, March 31st, the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the fourth and final time this season. New York leads the series 2-1 with victories on December 4th match (92-81) and the January 24th contest (105-103) while Cleveland won the initial meeting on October 30th (121-108).
All time the Knicks have the advantage of winning 118 of the 222 matches versus the Cavaliers. Last season, the teams played three times with the Cavaliers sweeping those three contests.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Thursday, March 30th. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Friday, March 31st.
New York Knicks
The pretense of trying to overtake the Cavaliers for the fourth seed is essentially over now that the Knicks have just six games remaining but trail Cleveland by four games.
That’s not to say New York won’t be invested in winning given the Nets are still chasing them – just 2.5 games back.
As can be seen, the Knicks are one of the best defensive teams in the association they limit opponents to 112.5 points which is ninth-ranked while possessing the third-best opponent field goal percentage of 45.9% and also ranks seventh for opponent perimeter percentage of 35.1%.
So far, offensively, the Knicks score 115.4 points per game ranking 13th while shooting 46.8% from the field and 35.1% from the perimeter ranking 21st and 22nd respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Derrick Rose, PG (questionable—illness)
- Julius Randle, PF (OUT indefinitely—ankle)
- DaQuan Jeffries, PG (downgraded to OUT—calf)
- Duane Washington Jr., ,PG (downgraded to OUT—knee)
Like their opponent, the Cavs took direct aim at the top trio in the East down the stretch. Unlike their foe, the option of catching the 76ers for the third seed is still in play especially since Philly has the second most difficult schedule remaining.
Cleveland is 2.5 games back of Philly but has one less game to play and lost the tiebreaker which means they’d need one extra win to move up.
Offensively, Cleveland scores 112.3 points per game ranking 24th while shooting 48.8% from the field and 36.4% on the perimeter ranking sixh and 14th respectively.
Overall, Cleveland tops the league for opponent scoring limiting foes to an average of 106.7 points per game. Cavs opponents shoot 46.8% from the field and 36.9% from deep ranking seventh and 21st.
To summarize the injury report…
- Danny Green, SG (downgraded to OUT —illness)
- Raul Neto, PG (questionable—hamstring)
- Jarrett Allen, C (downgraded to doubtful —groin)
- Dean Wade, PG (upgraded to probable—illness)
- Isaac Okoro, SF (downgraded to OUT—knee)
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New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Knicks are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games.
- Also, the Knicks are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games against Cleveland.
- By comparison, the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- In conclusion, the Cavaliers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.
Free New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
Given the list of players marked out for this match it sort of feels like both clubs have conceded to their current seeding and know they’ll likely face each other in the first round. Neither coach wants to tip their hand to help the other prepare for that series.
That said, New York has more work to do to ensure they maintain their edge over the Nets so could be more motivated than Cleveland, although the Cavs have only lost eight times on their home court.
4* Free New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Pick: Knicks +5
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