New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The New York Knicks return from the All-Star break to tackle the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks are -9.5 point favorites over the Cavaliers with an over/under point total set at 192.5.
Even though they entered the All-Star break under .500, the Knicks were the most talked about team in the league for the last couple of weeks, thanks to the hype that is “Lin-sanity”. Since taking over at point guard for the Knicks, the previously little known point guard has averaged 22.6 points and 8.7 assists during a 9-3 run that has New York looking like the playoff team we all excepted them to at the start of the season. The Cavaliers, who haven’t been talked about half as much as the Knicks, have had an impressive first half of the season, behind the stellar play of rookie sensation Kryie Irving. The front runner for rookie of the year is averaging 18.3 points per game and 5.1 assists per game to lead the Cavaliers to a 13-19 record, which is a big improvement from a season ago.
The Cavaliers got the better of the Knicks in their first meeting of the season, running away with a 91-81 victory in Cleveland in late January. Despite a 1-7 shooting night from Kyrie Irving, Cleveland managed to pull away in the second half, outscoring New York by five points in each of the last two quarters. Antawn Jamison led the home team with 15 points, while Amare Stoudamire led all scorers with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings, while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Knicks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Like the Cavaliers quite a lot here. Cleveland did play against Boston last night, but I’m not sure that’s really a disadvantage because we saw a few teams look a bit rusty after the break last night. I could go on forever here, but I just don’t think the Knicks win this one by double digits. Take the Cavs in what looks to be one of the stronger plays of the night.
Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5 New York Knicks