The New York Knicks (10-45), who are currently on a 16-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they head to Quicken Loans Arena to go head-to-head with the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-45). Cleveland is a 1-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 209.5 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 11, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers ATS Preview
The Knicks were beaten by the Toronto Raptors in their last matchup, 104-99, but were able to cover as 14-point underdogs. New York’s DeAndre Jordan contributed 10 points and 18 rebounds in the game. Toronto did a great job of making free throws (24-29; 82.8 percent). New York, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.8 (above their season average of 22.6). The two teams combined to score 203 points, which finished under the O/U total of 215.5.
In the Cavaliers’ previous game, they were topped by the Indiana Pacers, 105-90, and were unable to cover as 14-point underdogs. With 16 points and 10 rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. had a solid outing for Cleveland. Indiana’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over Cleveland. The Pacers had a rate of 19.4 (below their season average of 22.3), while the Cavaliers posted a mark of 11.9 (below their season average of 23.9). The two squads collectively scored 195 points, which finished well under the O/U total of 211.
Of New York’s 55 games, 30 have finished under the O/U total, while 28 of Cleveland’s 56 games have finished over the projected point total. Both teams have very similar records straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS). The Knicks are 10-45 SU and 24-29-2 ATS, while the Cavaliers are 11-45 SU and 24-31-1 ATS.
These two clubs have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to put up 219 points, just over the projected point total of 215.5. The Cavaliers won 113-106, covering as 1.5-point underdogs. The Cavaliers played a perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.1 and a free throw rate of 0.187. For those same stats, the Knicks were 18.8 and 0.138, respectively. Jordan Clarkson scored a game-high 28 points.
Knicks at Cavaliers Betting Prediction
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Under
The Knicks rank 22nd in points off turnovers per game (15.3) while the Cavaliers rank last (13.3).
Cleveland ranks 20th in points allowed in the paint per game (50.5) while New York ranks 26th (51.7).
New York ranks 20th in steals per game (7.2) while Cleveland ranks 27th (6.6).
Cleveland is 29th in the league with 20.4 assists per game while New York is last with 19.7 assists per game.
New York is 15-14 ATS on the road with 16 overs and 13 unders.
Cleveland is 11-16 ATS at home with 15 overs and 12 unders.
When allowing below 100 points, Cleveland is 4-3 and New York is 2-1.
The Cavaliers are 9-21 when they score more than 100 points, while the Knicks are 10-28.
The Knicks rank 23rd in blocks per game (4.5) while the Cavaliers rank 29th (2.5).
Cleveland ranks seventh in second chance points allowed per game (12.2) while New York ranks 27th (14.4).
The Cavaliers rank ninth in rebounds allowed per game (43.9) while the Knicks rank 28th (48.0).
The Knicks rank 21st in three pointers attempted per game (29.4) while the Cavaliers rank 26th (26.8).
New York ranks fourth in fast break points allowed per game (11.7) while Cleveland ranks 13th (13.5).
Cleveland is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its last five games, New York is 1-3-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.0, down from 10.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 95.4 points per game (9.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.6 points per game (6.7 below their season average).
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