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Are Kristaps and the Knicks Worth a Look as Home Dogs vs the Cavs?

After opening the season with two straight wins, the Cleveland Cavaliers have failed to win two games in a row since. LeBron James and company will look to accomplish the feat when they pay a visit to the upstart New York Knicks on Monday.

MyBookie opened the Knicks as 5-point home underdogs with a total of 218.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Cavaliers’ last 12 games against the Knicks.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Knicks’ last 14 games after a win.
  • The Cavaliers are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games with one day off between games.

Kristaps Porzingis, aka the NBA’s version of a basketball unicorn, has been straight-up dominant in 2017-18 and is the main reason New York boasts a rare winning record at 7-5 SU. The Latvian sensation has scored at least 30 points on eight occasions, including a 32-point effort to go along with a season high-tying 12 boards in a 114-95 win at Cleveland on October 29. Porzingis returned from a one-game absence to score 34 points in a rout of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

The Cavs have shown some signs of a turnaround thanks to wins in three of their last five contests, including a 111-104 triumph in Dallas on Saturday. James has once again been the main focus of the offense, but J.R. Smith has emerged as a nice second option. The three-point specialist is 12-for-24 from the three-point line while averaging 16.7 points over a three-game span.

Bettors can expect to see some fireworks tonight, as the Knicks rank second in the NBA in shooting (48.2 percent) with Cleveland sitting in fifth (47.7). Over the years, the Cavs have long dominated the Knicks. Cleveland is 10-1 SU in its last 11 vs New York.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Knicks opened as 4-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 220 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 112-110 win for the Knicks on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Knicks sit at 7-5 (7-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 6-7 (4-8-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? New York is 6-6 OU and Cleveland is 9-4 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Knicks sit at No. 22 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Cavaliers are at No. 20 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 13-rated NBA squad against Cleveland's No. 22-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 27 in the league with 8.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 13 with 10.38 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kevin Love scored 29 points and added 15 rebounds for a double-double, leading Cleveland over Dallas 111-104 on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

The battle between the Knicks and Kings didn't turn out to be much of a battle at all as Sacramento was handed a 118-91 defeat on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Cleveland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • New York is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 7 games
  • New York is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Charlotte, Wednesday, November 15
New York home to Utah, Wednesday, November 15