New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Free Prediction


The New York Knicks (8-20) will travel to Quicken Loans Arena to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (6-21). The Cavaliers opened as 2-point underdogs. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 214 points and it will air on Fox Sports – Ohio at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers ATS Odds

Both teams failed to cover as underdogs in their last contest. The Knicks (5.5-point underdogs) were defeated by the Charlotte Hornets, 119-107, while the Cavaliers (10-point underdogs) fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-92. The New York game went 0.5 points over the projected point total of 225.5, while the Cleveland game finished 17 points under the projected point total of 217.

New York held Charlotte to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 21.5) while Cleveland had a better turnover percentage (8.1 vs. 12.2). Jaron Blossomgame had a solid performance for Cleveland, contributing 11 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, New York received a boost from Kevin Knox, who recorded 26 points and 15 rebounds.

This was a highly competitive series last year. Each won two of the four games played against each other last season. The Knicks won the last game 110-98. New York was lights out from beyond the arc (12-27; 44.4 percent). Cleveland, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.4 vs. 20.5). This is the first time these teams will meet this year.

Of the Knicks’ 28 games, 15 have finished over the O/U total. New York heads into the game with records of 8-20 straight up (SU) and 14-13-1 against the spread (ATS).

Of the Cavaliers’ 27 games, 15 have finished under the O/U total. Additionally, Cleveland owns records of 6-21 SU and 13-14 ATS.

Collin Sexton and Larry Nance Jr. have played well over the last five games for Cleveland. Sexton has averaged 20 points, while Nance Jr. has put up 9 points,6.6 rebounds a game during that span.

Cleveland could own the offensive glass in this contest. The Cavaliers currently rank fifth in offensive rebounding percentage (26.2 percent), while New York ranks 21st in defensive rebounding percentage (75.9 percent).

New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Free Pick

NBA Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • The Knicks rank 22 in steals per game (7.071428571428571) while the Cavaliers rank 26 (6.666666666666667).
  • Cleveland ranks fourth in rebounds allowed per game (42.3) while New York ranks 20th (46.0).
  • The Cavaliers average 14.4 second chance points per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Knicks rank 19th in second chance points allowed per game (14.0).
  • New York ranks 21st in three pointers attempted per game (29.2) while Cleveland ranks 29th (24.3).
  • New York ranks 24 in points off turnovers per game (15.821428571428571) while Cleveland ranks 29 (13.962962962962964).
  • The Cavaliers rank 14th in assists allowed per game (23.7) while the Knicks rank 28th (25.6).
  • The Cavaliers rank 22 in points allowed in the paint per game (50.074074074074076) while the Knicks rank 29 (52.285714285714285).
  • New York is 27 in the league with 10.142857142857142 fast break points per game while Cleveland is 28 with 10.074074074074074 fast break points per game.
  • Cleveland ranks 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.4) while New York ranks 29th (6.6).
  • When holding opponents below 100 points, Cleveland is 2-2 and New York is 2-0.
  • When scoring over 100 points, the Cavaliers are 5-10 and the Knicks are 8-16.
  • New York is 8-7 ATS on the road, while Cleveland is 6-8 ATS at home.
  • The total has gone over in 9 of the Knicks’ 15 road games, while 7 of the Cavaliers’ 14 home games have gone over.

Bettings Trends:

  • In their last five games, New York and Cleveland have both had 3 overs and 2 unders.
  • The Cavaliers are 2-3 ATS over their last five games, while the Knicks are 1-4.
  • During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 104.4 points per game (1.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.8 points per game (1.4 above their season average).
  • The Knicks\u2019 average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.8, up from 6.6 for the season.