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Cavaliers vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
  • Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
  • Date: Sunday, December 4th
  • Betting Odds NY +3, CLE -156 | NY +128 O/U OFF

The Cavaliers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-8. So far, the team has gone 14-8-1 against the spread. Cleveland comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 19.5 points.

In their previous game, the Cavaliers took down the Magic by a score of 107-96. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 10 point favorites. Cleveland entered the second half with a 7a point lead, and were able to slightly extend that margin and prevent a second half comeback by the Magic. Leading the team in scoring was Donovan Mitchell, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 57.1% of his shots.

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So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 10-13, while going 9-13-1 vs the spread. The Knicks head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -13.5.

New York is trying to bounce back from a 121-100 loss to the Mavericks. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. New York missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 7 point lead going into halftime. In the loss, Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 53.3%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Cavaliers averaged 113.33 points per game vs New York, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Knicks actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Cleveland, the team averaged 101.0 points per game. The Cavaliers have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 6 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 210 points per game, leading a 2-2-1 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Cavaliers come into today’s game as the 15th ranked scoring offense at 112.7 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Cavaliers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.0 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 21st in made field goals per game.

Defensively, the Cavaliers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 105.67 points per contest (5th).

This season, the Cavaliers offense has primarily worked through Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 21 games, Mitchell is 9th in the NBA at 28.67 points per game. so far, him and Garland have accounted for 44% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 51.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Darius Garland is grabbing 2.18 rebounds for Cleveland to go along with 8.0 assists.

Through 23 games, New York is the 12th best scoring team at 114.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.9 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, New York remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 19.7 made free-throws per game.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Knicks are giving up an average of 106.6 points per game, good for 6th in the NBA.

Power-Foward Julius Randle currently leads the Knicks at 21.26 points per game. For the season, he is 60th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Randle is averaging 8.43 boards and 3.43 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 28th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jalen Brunson enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 23 games, he is averaging 20.96 and is 46th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Cavaliers vs Knicks Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Cavaliers -3.0
  • Free Total Prediction: Under OFF

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