Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction 3/3/2024

The New York Knicks (35-25) travel to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (39-20) on Sunday, March 3rd. This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and televised on ESPN. The Cavaliers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Knicks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

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The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their latest game against the Warriors, Jalen Brunson was the top scorer for the Knicks’ offense, scoring 27 points and shooting 11/25 from the field. While Donte DiVincenzo was 2nd on the team with 16 points, New York fell short in the game with a final score of 110-99.

In their last five games, the Knicks have gone 2-3 and have an overall record of 35-25. Right now, they are in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and are 2nd in the Atlantic division.

New York has an ATS record of 32-28 for this season, which includes their current four game losing streak against the spread. The Knicks maintain an ATS record of 16-13 on the road, while they have a 16-15 record vs. the spread when playing at home.

The Cavaliers Are Coming Off A Win

In the Cavaliers’ most recent game against the Pistons, Darius Garland led the Cavaliers with 29 points while going 9/21 from the field. The Cavaliers picked up a 110-100 win, and Evan Mobley also added 22 points which was 2nd on the team.

Coming into today’s game vs. the Knicks, the Cavaliers have an overall record of 39-20 and are 2-1 in their last three games. Currently, they are 2nd in the Eastern Conference and are in 1st place in the Central division.

Cleveland has an overall ATS record of 29-28 as they come into today’s game. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they come in with a 20-20 record against the spread as favorites.

Knicks Offense Breakdown

In 60 games games, New York has an average of 113.5 points per game (20th).

Heading into their matchup with the Cavaliers, the Knicks are averaging 113.5 points per game, which is 20th in the NBA. On the road, they are scoring 114.6 points per game compared to 112.6 at home.

When it comes to their pace of play, the Knicks are the slowest team in the league, averaging just 95.5 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 24th in the NBA at 46%.

From beyond the arc, the Knicks are 13th in the league in three-point makes per game, hitting 13 shots per contest. Overall, they are shooting 36% from deep, which is 16th in the NBA.

Cavaliers Offense Breakdown

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Through 59 games games, Cleveland is averaging 114.6 points per game (15th).

At home, the Cavaliers are averaging 116.0 points per game, which is 16th in the NBA. Overall, they are 15th in scoring at 114.6 points per game. So far, Cleveland has outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.8% of their games.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Cavaliers are 9th in made threes per game (13.5) but are just 17th in three-point shooting percentage (36%). In terms of pace, they are 20th in the NBA (97.9).

So far this season, Cleveland is 12th in field goal percentage (48%) and 11th in true shooting percentage. In terms of assists, they are 10th in the league (27.7 per game).

Knicks Team Defense

On defense, the Knicks come into the game ranked 4th in the league in points allowed at 109.9 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 112 points per contest (3rd). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Knicks are forcing 12.4 per game, which is 11th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 29th in blocked shots at 3.9 per game.

Cavaliers Team Defense

On defense, the Cavaliers come into the game ranked 2nd in the league in points allowed at 109.6 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 117 points per contest (23rd). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Cavaliers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.0% from downtown.

Key Players For The Knicks And Cavaliers

In today’s game, our projections have Jalen Brunson leading the Knicks with 27 points on 10/20 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 27.7 points per game, along with 3.8 rebounds.

As for Cleveland, Donovan Mitchell is projected to be the primary scorer for the Cavaliers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 27, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.2%, and he is contributing 28 points per game on average.

Knicks vs Cavaliers Trends

  • Across their ten previous road games, New York has an ATS mark of 6-4. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 113 points per game.
  • When looking at their past three home matchups, Cleveland has an ATS record of 1-2 while averaging 115 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
  • Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Knicks have a straight up record of 1-4. Their record vs the spread in these games was 1-4.
  • Although the Cavaliers have a strong straight up record in their last five games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-4.

Knicks vs Cavaliers Prediction

The Cavaliers is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 135-101. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Cavaliers at -5.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 212.5, and our model predicts the Knicks and Cavaliers to score a combined 236 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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