The Cleveland Cavaliers (9-9) snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 122-107 win over the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs are in the playoff hunt, currently tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the sixth spot in the East. The New York Knicks (8-11) are in the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final postseason slot, but have lost three straight games. The most recent Cavaliers vs Knicks betting odds on our sportsbook rate this battle of the borderliners as a pick’em affair.
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Cleveland Cavaliers (9-9) at New York Knicks (8-11)
Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
TV: MSG Network, NBA League Pass
Madison Square Garden- New York City, NY
NBA Betting Vitals
Point Spread: *PICK’EM*
Money Line: N/A
Total Points: 210
Cavs Clamp Down In Second Half vs Pistons, Reach .500
The Cavaliers were trailing the Pistons 56-54 at halftime in their Jan. 27 matchup, but Cleveland clobbered them after that. The Cavs scored 68 second-half points while limiting the Pistons to 51 points on 45% shooting. Cleveland’s stellar defensive effort forced 22 turnovers in the final two quarters, while the Cavs’ offense caught fire.
Cavaliers’ SG Collin Sexton led all scorers with 29 points, shooting an efficient 10-14 from the field. Sexton also contributed five assists and five rebounds and has steadily improved since his rookie year in 2018. This season, Sexton is averaging 25.2 PPG in the 13 games he’s played in for Cleveland so far.
Cavs’ C Andre Drummond came up huge against his former team, pounding the paint for 23 points and 16 rebounds. Prior to this victory, the Cavs lost to the Lakers and Celtics by a total of 45 points.
Spotlight On Knicks’ Robinson
The Knicks have lost three consecutive contests, and center Mitchell Robinson is frustrated with his lack of offensive opportunities. Robinson tweeted “One day they’ll let me play”, shortly after taking only four shots in 31 minutes in a 108-94 loss vs the Utah Jazz. The tweet was deleted almost immediately, but the masses had already seen the post.
N.Y. coach Tom Thibodeau refused to dignify the tweet with a response, saying he doesn’t coach through social media. Robinson is a versatile seven-footer and can shoot when given the chance. At present, Robinson is averaging 9.1 PPG and 8.3 RPG for the Knicks, and he’s hoping to shine on Jan 29 vs Drummond and the Cavaliers.
Cavaliers vs Knicks Betting Trends
The Cavaliers have been steadily mediocre but are 5-1 ATS over their last six. The Cavs and Knicks have played twice already, and they’ve split the series. NY has lost three straight and seven of its previous 10 but is 4-2 ATS in its last six.
The author believes that this is an excellent spot for the Knicks to stop the bleeding and begin a run. Look for Robinson to excel. The Knicks and Cavaliers are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in team defense. Expect a relatively low-scoring grudge match.
Free NBA Pick ATS: New York Knicks (Pick’Em)
Under 210 Total Points
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