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New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/23/14

Cleveland Cavaliers (26-43) at New York Knicks (29-40)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The New York Knicks will look to extend their eight-game winning streak when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams, and the Knicks lead the series 2-1.

The Cavs head into this matchup on a four-game losing streak and have lost eight of their last 10 games. On the season, the Cavaliers average 96.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allow 101.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting. The Cavaliers have had offensive issues all season, but those problems have quickly shifted to the defensive side as well, as Cleveland has allowed 100-plus points in nine of its last 10 games. The Cavaliers get just 62.1 points from its starters, while the league average is 68.9 points. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 32-37 ATS overall and 14-21 ATS on the road.

New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/23/14

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The Knicks have been playing inspired basketball lately and look like a team that wants to be a part of the playoffs. In the Knicks last five games, they’re scoring 107.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting and are allowing 94.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Of course, all of those numbers are in a different zip code from the Knicks season averages. One of the biggest difference makers for the Knicks has been Amare Stoudemire, who is shooting 63.2 percent from the field in his last four games. The New York Knicks are 30-39 ATS overall and 14-22 ATS at home.  

The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York. 

Take the Cleveland Cavaliers and the points. The Cavs have been doing a good job against the number lately and double digits is simply too high. 

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