The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-37) will attempt to put an end to a 10-game home losing streak when they meet the New York Knicks (14-36) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 217 points with New York opening as a 1-point favorite. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers ATS Preview
The Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers in their last contest, 92-85, despite being 11-point underdogs. With 16 points and 18 rebounds, Julius Randle played well for New York. The Knicks had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 31.8 (above their season average of 24.9), while the Pacers had a free throw rate of 0.171 (below the 0.220 mark opponents have averaged against New York this season). The two teams combined to score 177 points, which was well under the O/U total of 212.5.
In the Cavaliers’ previous game, they were 2-point favorites and lost to the Golden State Warriors, 131-112. With 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Cleveland’s Kevin Love put together a good game. Golden State had a healthier turnover percentage (10.1 vs. 12.9). Cleveland, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (27.7 vs. 23.3). The two squads combined to account for 243 points, which was well over the projected point total of 223.5.
Points at the line could be hard to find for New York in this contest. The Knicks currently rank 26th in the NBA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.178, while Cleveland ranks second in FTA rate allowed (0.162).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. New York games have gone under 60.0 percent of the time, while games including Cleveland have gone over 56.0 percent of the time. Both teams have dreadful straight up (SU) records (14-36 for New York; 13-37 for Cleveland), but the Knicks have the advantage against the spread (ATS). New York is 25-24-1 ATS, while the Cavaliers are 21-27-2.
These two teams have met three times already this season, with the Knicks winning two. Tristan Thompson recorded 13 points and 22 rebounds in the most recent game, in which the Cavaliers lost 106-86, unable to cover as 1.5-point underdogs. The two teams combined for 192 points, which was 30.5 points below the projected point total of 222.5 points. Making free throws was one of New York’s largest advantages. They were 15-17 (88.2 percent), while the Cavaliers were just 11-17 (64.7 percent).
New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Knicks, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over
The Knicks rank 14th in assists allowed per game (24.1) while the Cavaliers rank 28th (25.9).
New York ranks third in second chance points per game (14.8) while Cleveland ranks 13th in second chance points allowed per game (12.7).
New York ranks 17th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.0) while Cleveland ranks last (20.0).
New York ranks 18th in fast break points allowed per game (13.6) while Cleveland ranks 26th (15.0).
New York is 13-12 ATS on the road, while Cleveland is 9-16-1 ATS at home.
The Knicks have 14 unders and 11 overs in 25 road games.
In 26 home games, the Cavaliers have 14 overs, 11 unders and 1 push.
When holding opponents below 100 points, Cleveland is 4-3 and New York is 6-3.
The Cavaliers are 12-25 when they score above 100 points, while the Knicks are 12-22.
The Cavaliers rank fifth in rebounds allowed per game (43.0) while the Knicks rank 18th (45.8).
New York ranks third in points allowed in the paint per game (43.0) while Cleveland ranks 29th (54.2).
The Knicks rank fifth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while the Cavaliers rank 27th (9.0).
The Cavaliers rank 18th in three pointers attempted per game (31.9) while the Knicks rank 27th (29.9).
New York ranks 15th in blocks allowed per game (5.0) while Cleveland ranks last (6.5).
Cleveland is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 push in its last five games.
Across its past five games, New York is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.2, down from 9.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 102.4 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 104.8 points per game (6.4 below their season average).