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Cavaliers open as NBA underdog vs Knicks

Cleveland CavaliersNew York Knicks
Feb 29, 7:30 PM | Madison Square Garden

Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Odds

13-19TEAM RECORD17-18

The Knicks hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Wednesday as the Cavaliers pay a visit to Madison Square Garden in NBA betting action.

This season the Knicks are 17-18 overall and 16-19 ATS against the number, while the Cavaliers are 13-19 and 17-15 ATS. As for the totals, New York is 10-25 on the OU, and Cleveland is 14-18.

View Cleveland vs New York Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Knicks are listed as 9.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, with the total listed at 192.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knicks sit at No. 17 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Cavaliers are at No. 23 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Knicks will win this game 96-91.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cavaliers rank No. 8 in the league with 43.6 per game. That compares with New York’s No. 20 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New York is the NBA’s No. 9-ranked team at 6.9 per game, while the Cavaliers rate No. 12 with 6.8 per contest.

Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.6 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.

Cleveland was an 86-83 loser in its last match at home against the Celtics. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 169 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Cleveland got 24 points from Kyrie Irving but lost anyway 86-83 against the Celtics on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Last time out for New York, they were a 102-88 loser as they battled the Heat on the road. The Knicks failed to cover in the match as a 10-point underdog, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. New York suffered a 102-88 loss against Miami on Thursday, getting 19 points from Carmelo Anthony in a losing effort at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 4-6
After playing Boston are 1-9
After a loss are 6-4

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cavaliers at Knicks trends to consider:
Cleveland is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing New York
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing on the road against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing New York
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New York's last 8 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New York's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 7 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland home to Chicago, Friday, March 2
New York at Boston, Sunday, March 4

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