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Knicks vs Cavaliers Betting Preview

Cleveland CavaliersNew York Knicks
26-44March 23, 2014, 07:30 | Madison Square Garden29-40

The New York Knicks host Cleveland on Sunday, looking to build on their 29-40 mark against the 26-44 Cavaliers in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Cavaliers will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 33-37 ATS against the number this season, while the Knicks are 30-39 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Cleveland is 31-38-1 on the totals; New York is 40-29.View Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Odds and Stats.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Knicks and the No. 20-ranked Cavaliers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 91-88 result in favor of the Knicks.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 118-111 result against the Rockets on March 22. The Cavaliers covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog, while the 229 combined points took the game OVER the total. Cleveland got 26 points from Dion Waiters en route to a 118-111 loss against Houston on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

New York was a 93-92 winner in its last match on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 185 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 22 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for New York on Friday, leading the Knicks to a 93-92 victory over Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 98.7 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 16 at 101.69 PPG. The Knicks field goal percentage has averaged 44.69% so far, more than the Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.98% per game.

Next up:
Cleveland home to Toronto, Tuesday, March 25th
New York at Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 25th