At 7:00 ET, the Cleveland Cavaliers (-207) will host the New York Knicks (+171) in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Knicks (35-25) are currently 4th in the East, while the Cavaliers (39-20) are 2nd. The over/under line for the game is 212.5.

This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and can be seen on ESPN.

NEW YORK KNICKS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers -5

This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:00 ET on Sunday, March 3rd.

WHY BET THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 135-101 in favor of the Cavaliers.
  • Our projections have Donovan Mitchell finishing with Donovan Mitchell points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Cavaliers finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.6% and knocking down 16 threes.

Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog New York?

In their last game, the Knicks lost to the Warriors by a score of 110-99. The O/U line for the game was 223 points. This marked New York’s 5th straight game going under the posted total.

Against the spread, the Knicks are 32-28 this season, including a 16-13 record ATS on the road. They have failed to cover the spread in their last four games on the road and are 8- straight-up as the visiting team.

New York’s O/U record for the season is 22-37-1, with the under hitting in each of their last five games. Today’s O/U line of 212.5 is lower than the average line in their games this season (225.5).

For the season, the Knicks have an average scoring differential of +1.9 points per game on the road. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 4th place with a record of 35-25.

As underdogs, the Knicks are 9-18 straight-up and 11-16 ATS. In their last three games as underdogs, they have gone 0-3 straight-up and ATS. Today, they are getting 5 points against the Cavaliers.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Knicks are 20th in the league in scoring at 113.5 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 114.6 points compared to 112.6 at home.

New York has outscored the NBA average in just 43.3% of their games this season. They are also last in the league in pace at 95.5 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Knicks are 24th in field goal percentage at 46%. Inside the arc, they are 23rd in two-point shooting at 52%.

Coming into today’s game, the Knicks’ defense is giving up an average of 109.9 points per contest. The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.5% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.

Do the Cavaliers Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Today, the Cavaliers are favored by 5 points at home against the Knicks. This season, Cleveland has been favored in 41 of their 59 games and has a record of 31-10 in those games. As the favorite, they have an average scoring margin of +8.3 points per game.

In terms of their ATS record, the Cavaliers are 29-28 for the season and have gone 14-16 ATS at home. They have failed to cover the spread in their last four home games.

Looking at their O/U record, the Cavaliers are 27-31-1 for the season. In their last game against the Pistons, the final score was 110-100, which was well below the O/U line of 218.5. This season, the Cavaliers have averaged 224.2 points per game.

Currently, the Cavaliers are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-20. Within the Central Division, they are in 1st place. In non-conference games, the Cavaliers are 13-6 and 26-14 against other Eastern Conference teams.

In their last game, the Cavaliers defeated the Pistons by a score of 110-100. They were favored by 7 points in that game, giving them the ATS win. The O/U line for that game was 218.5.

When playing at home, the Cavaliers are averaging 116.0 points per game (16th) compared to 113.2 on the road (19th). Overall, they are 15th in the league in scoring at 114.6 points per game.

Cleveland’s offense has been efficient this season, ranking 12th in field goal percentage at 48%. In terms of pace, they are 20th in the league at 97.9 possessions per game.

So far, the Cavaliers have made an average of 13.5 three-pointers per game (9th). They are 17th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%. In terms of free throws, they are 22nd in makes (16.2) and 23rd in attempts (21.1).

This season, the Cavaliers defense has been impressive, holding the 2nd position in the league while permitting an average of 109.6 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Cavaliers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.0% from downtown.