Last Updated: 2019-11-18
The New York Knicks (3-10) will be at home in Madison Square Garden when they square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-8). New York opened as a 2.5-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 208.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 18, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks Betting Preview
The Cavaliers lost big to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game, 114-95. They were not able to cover as 4.5-point underdogs. Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson put up 12 points and nine rebounds in the game. Philadelphia had an effective field goal percentage of 0.601 (above their season average of 0.524). Cleveland, on the other hand, held the 76ers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.4 (below their season average of 24.6). The two teams combined to score 209 points, which came in under the O/U total of 214.5.
The last time the Knicks were in action, they were 4.5-point favorites and fell to the Charlotte Hornets, 103-102. With 17 points and 12 rebounds, New York’s Mitchell Robinson played well. Charlotte had a turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 14.5). New York, on the other hand, did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (18-23; 78.3 percent). The two squads collectively scored 205 points, which came in under the projected point total of 211.5.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the league’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. New York currently ranks 28th in possessions per game (100.7) and Cleveland is 23rd (101.9).
Games including these teams have a tendency to finish under the O/U total. Cleveland games have gone under 63.6 percent of the time, while New York games have finished under 76.9 percent of the time. The Cavaliers have the superior straight up (SU) record (4-8 vs. 3-10) and a slight edge against the spread (ATS) (6-3-2 vs. 6-7).
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 195 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 213. The Cavaliers won 108-87, covering as 3-point underdogs. The Cavaliers played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.341 and a turnover percentage of 12.8. The Knicks had marks of 0.186 and 17.8, respectively, for those same stats. Collin Sexton was the game’s top overall scorer with 31 points.
Cavaliers at Knicks Free Prediction
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
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The Knicks rank first in second chance points per game (16.7) while the Cavaliers rank 14th (13.3).
New York ranks seventh in rebounds per game (46.6) while Cleveland ranks 14th in rebounds allowed per game (45.7).
Cleveland ranks 17th in three pointers attempted per game (31.2) while New York ranks 27th (29.0).
On the road, Cleveland is 4-1-1 ATS with 5 unders and 1 over.
At home, New York is 2-4 ATS with 6 unders and 0 overs.
New York is 1-1 when they allow under 100 points, while Cleveland is 2-2.
When reaching the century mark, the Cavaliers are 4-3 and the Knicks are 3-6.
The Cavaliers rank fifth in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.0) while the Knicks rank 15th (17.9).
New York ranks seventh in blocks allowed per game (4.4) while Cleveland ranks 26th (7.2).
The Knicks rank seventh in points allowed in the paint per game (44.0) while the Cavaliers rank 26th (51.7).
The Knicks rank seventh in steals per game (8.3) while the Cavaliers rank 13th in steals allowed per game (7.7).
New York ranks 10th in assists allowed per game (22.8) while Cleveland ranks 27th (26.0).
New York is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Cleveland is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Knicks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.6, down from 9.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 102.0 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.4 points per game (6.3 below their season average).