Knicks vs. Cavaliers - 12/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-7) at New York Knicks (4-15)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +7.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, TNT
The Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks play Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to show signs of life, as they’ve won four straight games. On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging 103.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 24.9 points and 7.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.5 points and 4.9 assists. kevin Love is averaging 17.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and Anderson Varejao is grabbing seven rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have always been able to score points by the truckload, but it’s their defense that’s improve most during this stretch, as they’re allowing just 42.2 percent shooting in their last five games. This begins a three-game road trip for the Cavs, and they’re 3-3 SU away from home.
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The New York Knicks have lost five straight and are in serious danger of missing the playoffs. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 93.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with 23.5 points and 6.1 rebounds while Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Jose Calderon is shooting 51.7 percent from beyond the arc and Iman Shumpert has scored 15 points in his last two games. The New York Knicks main struggles all year have been on the offensive side, but the numbers have gotten even worse, as they’re shooting just 41 percent from the field in their last five games. J.R. Smith is probable for this matchup despite an illness.
The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Knicks are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 Thursday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Can we completely buy that the Cavs are back? I'm not sure. I do know that the Knicks are in desperation mode and usually show up at home during primetime games. I'll take the Knicks and the points, especially considering NY has already beaten the Cavs this season.