East Contenders Meet at MSG
The Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks meet on Tuesday in one of the more intriguing games on the card.
The Knicks have lost four consecutive games to fall to 25-23, but the Cavaliers are 9-14 on the road, making this an even matchup.
NBA betting markets have the Cavaliers at -3, which is a fair line for this Eastern Conference contest at Madison Square Garden.
Cavaliers Can’t Become Cavalier
There is a danger of the Cavaliers being too relaxed at 29-19, and we have seen that recently with losses to the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, and Warriors.
We much prefer the quality performance they showed when beating the Milwaukee Bucks 114-102 on Saturday, which came at home. There are also concerns about their play on the road, having gone 2-4 over their last six road games.
Having Donovan Mitchell out hasn’t helped, but he is expected back for this game after practicing in full. His inclusion is much needed for a team like the Cavaliers, who rank 26th in offense.
That might come as a surprise, but it’s their defense keeping them in the contest. They rank first in defense, including top at rebounding, attributed to Jarrett Allen.
Allen averages 9.6 rebounds per game, so if the Knicks are missing shots, don’t expect too many second-chance points.
We’re not surprised with the sportsbook having them at -3. They deserve to be favored to win, but it won’t come easy.
Knicks Streaky at Best
Betting on the Knicks has been a roller coaster and they’re in the middle of a four-game losing streak.
They own two of the better win streaks, but bettors never know what to expect. They lost to Toronto 125-116 on the road on Sunday, which isn’t a good form guide.
Their most recent win came against the Pistons on Jan. 15, so they need to step it up to beat a quality team like the Cavaliers.
RJ Barrett comes off a 30-point effort in defeat, but not having Immanuel Quickley and Mitchell Robinson is having an effect.
“It’s tough,” Randle said of being without the injured pair. “They bring a lot to our team. They do a lot on both ends of the floor for us.”
The Knicks are 24-22-2 against the spread (ATS), so they have been marginally profitable. They are good enough to ensure bettors come back, but the +3 line doesn’t have much wiggle room.
They are 5-5 ATS when getting +3 points and the Cavaliers are 7-6, so there isn’t much difference from a betting online perspective.
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Cavaliers vs Knicks Head-to-Head
New York won the most recent meeting 92-81 at home on Dec. 4 and has a 6-4 advantage over the last 10 meetings, where the biggest line offered was 7½ points. Eight of those games were framed within a 3½-point spread, so bookmakers continue to expect a close Eastern Conference battle.
Cavaliers vs Knicks Game Information
- Game: Cavaliers (29-19) vs Knicks (25-23)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Cavaliers vs Knicks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Cavaliers vs Knicks Picks & Prediction
We are worried by the Cavaliers poor road record, but we think they’re much more talented than the Knicks, who are struggling.
All the Cavaliers need to do is play solid defense to keep the Knicks under 100 points, which is why we include the under in our NBA picks.
It should be a low-scoring game and we see the Cavaliers winning 105-92.
Cleveland is listed at -155 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Cavaliers, there’s a chance to win $65. New York is +135, offering a chance to win $135 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Cleveland a 60.78% chance to win, with the Knicks at 42.55%.
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Cavaliers vs Knicks Previous Game (Dec. 04, 2022)
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to look like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. They’ve currently won back-to-back games and seven out of their last nine.
Their newly added players are making a serious impact and now they get to show one of them off in New York. It might sting the Knicks a little to see Donovan Mitchell shine with the Cavs after they missed out on him in the offseason.
The Knicks have lost two consecutive games and six out of their last eight. Are the Cavs an easy wager on the NBA betting odds here as it looks on paper?