Cavaliers vs. Knicks Point Spread Pick 1/24/23

by | Jan 24, 2023 | nba

Cleveland Cavaliers (29-19 SU, 26-21-1 ATS) vs. New York Knicks (25-23 SU, 24-23-1 ATS)
When: Tuesday, January 24th, 7:30 PM (ET)
Where: Madison Square Garden, NY, New York
TV: MSG

Point Spread: Cle -2.5/NY +2.5
Total: 219.0
Money Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -150/+125

Notable Injuries

Cavaliers

  • Donovan Mitchell (Probable) Groin
  • Dylan Windler (Out) Ankle

Knicks

  • Mitchell Robinson (Out) Thumb
  • Immanuel Quickley (Questionable) Knee

Recent Form

Heading into the game, Cleveland is 29-19 overall. When taking to the road, Cleveland has a mark of 9-14 and a win percent of 39%. Currently, the team is 5th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 26-21-1 vs the spread. When looking at how the team has performed of late straight and vs. the spread, they are 2-3 in their past 5 games and 3-2 ATS. Over their past 10 games, they are 5-5 SU and 5-5 ATS.

In their last game, Cleveland defeated the Bucks (114-102) as 3-point favorites. Evan Mobley led the team with 38 points on 70.4% shooting. The Cavaliers also covered the spread with the victory.

Heading into the game, New York is 25-23 overall. When playing at home, New York has a mark of 11-13 and a win percentage of 46%. Currently, the team is 7th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 24-23-1 vs. the spread. The Knicks need a win in today’s matchup vs. Cleveland to avoid their 5th straight loss.

In their last game, New York was defeated by Raptors with a score of 125-116. Despite RJ Barrett scoring 30 points, the team was unable to come out on top. Going into the game, the Knicks were 2 point favorites.

The Historicals

In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Cavaliers picked up the 121-108 win over the Knicks. The Cavaliers’ margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 4.0 point favorite. So far, the two teams have split their season series, with each team at 1-1. 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 8 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-2-1. Combined, they averaged 208 points in these games.

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Analysis

This season, Cleveland is averaging just 111.7 points per game, which places them 26th in the league. A major reason for these low numbers is the fact that they play at one of the slower paces in the NBA, at just 96.3 possessions per game. Cleveland comes into the game ranked just 22nd in 3-point attempts per game. So far, they have connected on 36.3% of their shots from deep, which places them 21st in the NBA. Defensively, the Cavaliers have been one of the best units in the NBA, allowing just 105.67 points per game. So far, they have allowed a 3-point shooting percentage of 35.29%, placing them 16th in the NBA.

Coming into today’s game, Donovan Mitchell is the leading scorer for Cleveland at 28.4 points per game. This season, Mitchell has a field goal percentage of 48.3%. The team’s second-leading scorer is Darius Garland, at 21.7 points per contest.

This season, the Knicks’ offense is averaging 114.3 points per game, which is 14th in the NBA. In terms of pace, New York has been playing at one of the slower tempo’s in the league, averaging just 97.8 possessions per game. The Knicks have been able to put together a strong offensive attack despite sitting just 25th in 3-point shooting percentage. Overall, they are among the league leaders in attempts at 34.8 attempts per game. Defensively, the Knicks have been one of the best units in the NBA, allowing just 106.6 points per game. So far, they have done an excellent job defending the 3-point arc, allowing teams to hit just 34.2%.

Going into today’s game, Julius Randle is the leading scorer for the New York team with an average of 24.4 points per game. This season, his field goal percentage is 45.8%. The team’s second top scorer is Jalen Brunson, who is averaging 22.5 points per game.

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Betting Trends

  • Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
  • Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
  • Knicks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Joes Pick To Cover The Spread

Cleveland has struggled on the road all season long. The Knicks have lost four games in a row, but to pretty stiff competition. I’m betting the Knicks +3!