New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

Date: 
December 12, 7:00 PM EST
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Cleveland +2
Total: 
214.5

The Cleveland Cavaliers (6-21) will host the New York Knicks (8-20) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM and is set to be broadcast on FSN. These two teams have not yet met this season. Overall, the series between the two parties has been even as each unit has won two of the last four meetings. Most recently, the Knicks defeated the Cavaliers in New York in April by a score of 110-98 pulling an outright upset as an 8.5-point underdog. New York is 3-1 ATS in the previous four contests.

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New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers Overview

New York Knicks

The Knicks enter on a four-game losing streak after losing by a score of 119-107 to the Charlotte Hornets at home on Sunday as a six-point underdog. The Knicks have been a liability to backer’s pockets as of recent as they have gone just 1-5 ATS in their last six fixtures.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Like their counterparts in this meeting, the Cavaliers also enter in the overall recent poor form. The Cavaliers stand at 1-3 SU over their last four fixtures compiling a matching 1-3 ATS record. The Cavaliers were last on the hardwood on Monday when divisional rival Milwaukee hosted the Cavs and handed them a 108-92 defeat with Cleveland priced as a 10.5-point underdog.

Reasons To Avoid New York

Very simply, the Knicks are not a good enough team to be spotting points on the road even to a side with as much malign at the moment as the Cavaliers. The Knicks are just 4-11 SU on the road this season and have lost their last three road games. This makes New York a risky play here as the chalk.

Reasons To Back Cleveland

The Cavaliers own several key advantages in this contest that sets them up to pull the upset as a one-possession underdog. Cleveland commits fewer turnovers and plays a better brand of defense as they surrender 111.4 points per game (20th in the NBA) to New York’s 27th-ranked 115 points per game. In addition, the Cavaliers are more efficient in shot selection by contrast to New York. The Cavs hit 44.5% of their attempts (24th in the NBA) while New York lands 43.8% (28th in the league) of their shots. These ingredients allow Cleveland to offer value with the points.

Knicks at Cavaliers Prediction 12/12/2018

When this market opened the Knicks were spotting 1.5 points to the Cavaliers, but that number has risen thanks to money coming in on the Knickerbockers out of the gate. Despite New York entering in poor form and sporting the overall turbulent road record, they offer some form of appeal because Cleveland is not the Cleveland of old. However, the metrics show that the Cavaliers offer the edge here in this spot and they are in prime position to go forth and earn their seventh win this season.

Free Pick: 
Take Cleveland +115 (Money Line)
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