New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Analysis
The New York Knicks look to continue their winning ways away from Madison Square Garden when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse today at 7 p.m. ET.
How These Teams Enter the Game
Those who participate in New York sports betting know the Knicks are 11-0 straight-up (SU) and 10-9-2 against the spread (ATS) in road games this season and 12-14 SU and ATS at home.
The Cavaliers have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2021-22 season and have earned their backers a 28-19 SU record and even better 29-16-2 ATS record.
For those who have bet the total with the Cavs this season have a highly profitable 19-29-0 record.
Cleveland is 13-9 SU and a money-making 16-6 ATS at home. The Cavaliers are 7-3 SU, 4-5-1 ATS, and have a 3-7 over-under record with their last five games all going under the posted total.
The Knicks are 6-4 SU, 7-3 ATS, and have produced a 4-6 over-under record spanning their past 10 games.
Cavaliers Get Solid Win vs. Clippers
They are coming off a solid 110-102 win and against the spread cover against the Los Angeles Clippers, when they were priced as four-point home favorites.
In the Clippers win, forward RJ Barrett played more than 42 minutes, scoring a team-high 28 points on 9-of-24 shooting, with 14 rebounds and six assists.
Forward Julius Randle played over 40 minutes and scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with nine rebounds and five assists.
The Cavs rank second in scoring offense, allowing 102.5 points per game. The Knicks are fifth, allowing 104.5 points per game.
Teams Run Similar Offensive Styles
Both teams prefer a methodical, slow-paced brand of basketball. New York ranks 27th, averaging 85.7 shots per game and the Cavs average 85.3 shots per game to rank 30th.
The Knicks have done a solid job taking care of the basketball, averaging 13.5 turnovers per game, to rank 10th. The Cavs rank 27th, averaging 15 turnovers per game. They’re even worse based on the pace of play standards.
So, it was no surprise to see the total for this NBA betting matchup open at 203 points, drift modestly lower to 202 points, and back to 203. This matches the lowest level for any game involving the Knicks this season. The Cavs lowest total has been 199 points.
The under bet is 5-2, for 71% winning tickets in Knicks games, with a total of 207 or fewer points this season. The Cavs are 6-1 under in their games with a posted total of 207 or fewer points.
Over the past two seasons, the Knicks are 21-10-1 under in road games, facing a solid shooting team making at least 46% of their shots from the field in games played over the past two seasons.
The Cavs are 33-16-1 under when facing a losing record team in games played over the last two seasons.
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