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New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers - 10/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (32-50) at Cleveland Cavaliers (73-30)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers open the 2016-17 NBA season Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena on TNT.

The New York Knicks hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012-13 and feel they have the pieces in place to do just that. The Knicks spent the offseason adding players such as Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings to team up with the already successful tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Add Courtney Lee at shooting guard and the Knicks have an improved roster from a year ago that should be able to push for 40 wins for the first time in four years. The concern with the Knicks is health, as Rose, Noah and Jennings combined for 143 games played last season. The good thing for fans of the Big Apple is that the New York Knicks have won four of their last five regular season openers.

New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers - 10/25/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will hoist the banner for the first time in franchise history and must avoid the letdown with everything that comes with the celebration. It will be up to LeBron James and other veterans such as Mike Dunleavy and Richard Jefferson to keep the young players focused on the task of opening night. As for the roster, the Cavs kept pretty much the same guys around, and Cleveland is still led by the big three of LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov are the only notable names no long on the Cavs roster, but neither of those guys provided much of an impact in the first place. With the current core intact, the Cavaliers should be the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers have also lost their last two season openers.

The Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Cavaliers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Cleveland and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Knicks have an improved roster, but it's going to take time for those guys to get going and reach their full potential. The Cavs have the same roster that just won the NBA championship and should be able to overcome everything that comes with the ring celebration. I look for the Cavaliers to come out wanting to get off to a strong start and beat New York by double digits. Simply put - the Knicks have to prove they're worthy of the hype before we just assume.

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Cleveland Cavaliers -9.5

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