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New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA odds tilt

Cleveland CavaliersNew York Knicks
16-29January 30, 2014, 08:00 | Madison Square Garden18-27



The Knicks will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Cavaliers tip off at Madison Square Garden on Thursday in NBA play.

This season the Knicks are 18-27 overall and 19-26 ATS against the number, while the Cavaliers are 16-29 and 19-26 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, New York is 25-20 on the OU, and Cleveland is 20-25.

View Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Odds and Stats.

The Cavaliers were listed as 6-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 197 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 18 (Knicks) and the No. 22 (Cavaliers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 89-86 result in favor of the Knicks is predicted by handicapping models.

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Cleveland lost its last outing, a 100-89 result against the Pelicans on January 28. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Cleveland suffered a 100-89 loss against New Orleans on Tuesday, getting 23 points from Kyrie Irving in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Knicks were a 114-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Celtics. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (202) made winners of OVER bettors. New York cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Boston out of the gym and running up a 114-88 score at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 96.58 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 16 at 101.27 PPG. The Knicks field goal percentage has averaged 43.93% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.43% per game.

Next up:
Cleveland at Houston, Saturday, February 1st
New York home to Miami, Saturday, February 1st

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