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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks - 10/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (0-1) at Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -12 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers play Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The The New York Knicks are coming off a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. The 104-80 loss was so bad that Carmelo Anthony only played 29 minutes and no starter played any longer than that. The Knicks shot just 36.5 percent from the field, while New York allowed the Bulls to knock down 50.7 percent of their shots. Anthony led the Knicks with 14 points and Amar'e Stoudemire scored 12 points. No other Knicks starter scored in the double figures, which has to be concerning entering this game. Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith were a combined 4-18 from the field, which are numbers that have to turn around if the Knicks are going to have any type of success this season. The only positive entering this matchup is that the New York Knicks should have rested starters.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks - 10/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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This will be the season opener for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and you can expect a home crowd like none other with the return of LeBron James. The Cavaliers went from being a lottery team to being one of the favorites in one season, and it’s because of the trio of LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. While the starpower is going to be good enough to win most nights, the Cavs need help from some of their younger guys if they’re really going to compete for championships. Guys like Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Matthew Dellavedova need to take that next step in their career as early as this season. It’s also going to be interesting to see how new head coach David Blatt adjusts to the NBA style of game. The Cleveland Cavaliers are no doubt the biggest story of the NBA right now but still have questions that need answers.

The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 Thursday games. The Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

If the Bulls were able to beat down the Knicks on their home court, you can only imagine what the Cavs are going to do in a home game that’s going to be almost like a religious experience. The Cavs are going to pour it on and score well above 100 points, which forces me to take the over in this spot.

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Over 198.5

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