New york Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers - 10/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (0-0) 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
The New York Knicks hope to avoid a second straight loss tonight when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
All eyes will be on the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers tonight as they look to kick off their season with a win at home. After going just 33-49 last season, the Cavaliers took Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick and looked to be fully set to rebuild around Kyrie Irving. Scrap that idea. LeBron James decided to return home which meant that the Cavs were able to draw in Kevin Love and the new Big Three of the NBA was formed. Most people have the Cavs winning it all this season, including the bookies, but it remains to be seen how well the new team can gel together in just one season. This team has looked fantastic in the preseason games but the real test begins tonight.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks kept busy in the offseason themselves and hired Derek Fisher as the new head coach to employ Phil Jackson's famous triangle offense. It's a system that many have struggled to learn in the past and it looks like the Knicks haven't quite gotten it down pat yet. Last night, Carmelo Anthony scored just 14 points as the Knicks got absolutely destroyed by the Bulls 104-80. The late scratching of Jose Calderon didn't help the cause but to be fair, he wouldn't have had that much impact because the Bulls simply played at a much higher level across the board.
While the Knicks are working their way through a new system on offense, the Cavs will be working out how to play with a new roster so don't be surprised if this game is full of turnovers and sloppy mistakes. It's tough to lay so many points on a team that has yet to play a game, but all I know for sure is that the Knicks struggled mightily last night and I'm not expecting their problems to improve overnight.