New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (34-22) at New York Knicks (10-44)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.
The Cleveland Cavaliers really look to be hitting some fine form with three wins in their last five since winning 12 straight. In Friday's 127-89 win over the Wizards, LeBron James led the way with 28 points and six assists while Kyrie Irving addded 25 points and seven assists. Kevin Love added just eight points as he continues to find his spot in the offense, but his services were hardly needed as the Cavs took control of this game early on and never looked like losing. With the win, Cleveland improves to 34-22 on the season and 13-13 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the New York Knicks will be looking to avoid a seventh straight loss after getting blown out by 111-87 on Friday against the Heat who were without Chris Bosh. Normally, this would be a quality opportunity for the Knicks to take advantage of a shorthanded Heat team, but with Carmelo Anthony possibly shut down for the season, the Knicks looked completely toothless on offense. Langston Galloway led the scoring with 19 points while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 off the bench, but it was never going to be enough, not even close. With the loss, New York fell to 10-44 on the season and 7-20 at home.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a win, while the Knicks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Cavs are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in New York and just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
Obviously, the Cavs will be favored by double digits in this one, but I'll probably still take them to cover here unless the spread is ridiculous. The line opened at 13 points but has inflated out to 15.5 which would be enough for most teams, but still doesn't feel like enough for this hapless Knicks squad.