A pair of Eastern Conference teams, one a pleasant surprise, one a disappointment, meet in the Big Apple. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they visit the New York Knicks Monday night. Cleveland has alternated wins and losses in their last six after a 111-104 triumph on the road over the Mavericks Saturday night. New York won for the seventh time in nine games as they routed the Kings 118-91 Saturday night. The Knicks hold a 110-93 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The Cavaliers had won 10 straight meetings before the Knicks took a 114-95 road win on October 29 in the first meeting this season.
Cleveland Cavaliers Trying to Get Moving in Positive Direction
Cleveland had their ups and downs but managed to come up with a win over lowly Dallas to get back in the win column. The Cavaliers look for their first two game win streak since they took the first two games of the season. Cleveland trailed by three at the half but took control of the game by outscoring the Mavericks 34-22 in the third quarter. The Cavaliers shot 43.2 percent from the floor and went 12 of 31 from beyond the arc. Cleveland was 29 of 35 at the charity stripe while the Mavericks went 16 of 21. Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers in the win.
The Cavaliers are 6th in the league in scoring last season with 110.2 points per game. Cleveland is tied for 23rd in rebounding with 41.7 caroms a night while the team stands tied for 18th with 21.5 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 28th in scoring defense by allowing 113.4 points per game. LeBron James averages a team-high 28.5 points while collecting 7.3 boards and dishing 8.5 assists per game while Kevin Love is good for 18.5 points plus 10.8 boards per contest while Derrick Rose is chipping in 14.3 points a night. Jeff Green averages 10.8 points per contest. J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver (10.2 points), Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson are some of the rotation guys that can step up and have a big game. Cleveland is 3rd in the league by shooting 47.7 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are tied for 15th in the league in made threes with 10.4 triples a night while ranking tied for 18h in three point shooting by shooting 35.4 percent from downtown.
New York Knicks Seek to Remain Hot
New York welcomed Kristaps Porzingis back to the fold Saturday night after he missed the Orlando game and the team rolled to an easy win. The Knicks led by nine after the opening quarter and by 15 at the half before piling on in the second half. New York shot 52.2 percent from the field and knocked down 12 of 27 three point attempts in the win. The Knicks held Sacramento to 37.5 percent shooting overall, including 7 of 22 from three point range. Porzingis piled up 34 points plus five rebounds to lead New York in the victory.
The Knicks are 15th in the league in scoring as they average 106.4 points per game. New York is 14th in the league in rebounding with 44.3 boards per contest while standing 7th with 23.9 assists per game. The Knicks are 12th in scoring defense as they allow 105 points per game. Kristaps Porzingis averages 30.4 points, 7.3 boards and 2.27 blocks a night to lead the team. Enes Kanter chips in 13.6 points plus 10.6 rebounds per night, Tim Hardaway Jr. adds 16.3 points a contest while Kyle O’Quinn chips in 6.7 points plus six rebounds per contest. Ramon Sessions, Courtney Lee (10.7 points), Doug McDermott, Ron Baker and rookie Frank Ntilikina have to contribute for the Knicks to have any success. The Knicks are 2nd in field goal percentage as they shoot 48.2 percent as a team. New York is 27th with 8.5 threes per game while ranking 20th in three point shooting as they hit 34.9 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
- Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic
- Cavaliers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference
- Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Monday games
- Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
Cleveland has been up and down all season and could get back to the .500 mark with a win here. The Cavaliers are tough to figure out though as they’ve struggled against bad teams, losing to Atlanta, Indiana and the Nets already this season. New York is on a roll, winning seven of their last nine games as they’ve been impressive. Porzingis has really carried the Knicks in the early going and seeing how New York owns a win on the road over the Cavaliers this season, you have to like their chances. Take the points and the hosts here.
Pick: New York Knicks +3
Cleveland’s roller coaster season continued with their win over the Mavericks but it was hardly an impressive victory. The Mavericks have just two wins this season but they held a halftime advantage over the Cavaliers. New York, on the other hand, completely dismantled a hapless Sacramento team that came in on a two game win streak. The Knicks are playing good basketball early on this season and if they can get more consistent production from their supporting cast, they could surprise this season.
The over is 4-0 in the Cavaliers’ last 4 Monday games, 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 day of rest, 5-1 in their last six overall and 4-1 in their last five against Atlantic Division opponents. New York has seen the over go 5-1 in their last six at home and 4-1 in their last five against an opponent that scored at least 100 points in their last game. This one likely ends up going over the total as there are plenty of offensive weapons to look to here.