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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13

New York Knicks (5-14) at Cleveland Cavaliers (7-13)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Cavaliers welcome Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks to town on Tuesday night.

Head to head, the Knicks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 game vs. a team with a losing S.U record, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13

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I’m sure you all feel the same, but the NBA never ceases to amazes me sometimes. Let’s take the New York Knicks for example. So prior to Sunday’s game against Boston, New York had just beaten Brooklyn and Orlando in back-to-back games by an average of 34 points and put up 113 and 121 points, respectively. So what do they do against the Celtics in their next outing? They proceed to put up a putrid 73 points en route to a 41 point beat-down. How the hell do you beat the Magic by 38 points and then two days later lose to a below average Boston squad by 41? That’s a 79-point swing for crying out loud. These type’s of occurrences seem to be happening on a regular basis this season, admittedly not as bad as that, but still.

This has really nothing to do with the Knicks 73-point performance, but I’m taking the under in this one. If you take away the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-125 overtime win over Philadelphia a couple of weeks back, they have only gone over tonight’s total of 188.5 in one other home game, which was a 98-94 win over Brooklyn in their season and home opener. Since then they have hosted teams like Minnesota, Miami, Denver and most recently the Los Angeles Clippers and each contest has finished under 190 total points, which just shows you the pace that the Cavs like to play at. Either that or they are just really bad on offense. It’s probably a combination of the two.

As far as New York is concerned, they had only scored over 100 points in three of their contests prior to those breakout games against Brooklyn and Orlando. So one could make the assumption that those two games were merely a fluke more than anything else. Also, the Knicks have surprisingly still been a good defensive unit since Tyson Chandler went down as they rank 8th in the league in points allowed, giving up just 98.2 per game.

188.5 isn’t a huge number, but if teams like the Clippers, Nuggets and Heat can’t go over it, then what chance does New York have? The under is also 6-1 in Knicks last seven road games and it is 20-8 in Cavs last 28 home games...

 Dan’s Pick: Under 188.5

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