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New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 2/28/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
The Line
The Line: New York -3 -- Over/Under 216.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks collide at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a bit of form with three wins in their last four five games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Trailblazers in a 123-110 home loss on Monday. Cedi Osman led the team with 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Jordan Clarkson added 19 points off the bench while Kevin Love chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line, but they just left themselves too much ground to make up after cutting a 23-point halftime deficit to just three late in the fourth quarter before the Trailblazers pulled away. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 14-47 overall and 9-23 at home.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks haven’t been relevant all season, but they’ve won three of their last four games and will have their eyes on another upset after sneaking past the Magic in a 108-103 home win on Tuesday. Emmanuel Mudiay led the team with 19 points, Allonzo Trier added 18 points while Mitchell Robinson chipped in with 17 points and 14 rebounds. As a team, the Knicks shot just 42 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the 3-point line as no starter finished in double figures, but they turned to their bench who delivered in the fourth quarter where the Knicks outscored the Magic by 30-13 to steal the game. With the win, New York improved to 13-48 overall and 6-24 at home.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team below .400. The Knicks are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 home games, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team below .400.

Head to head, the under is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings, the Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in New York and the Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

It’s hard to know what kind of effort you’re going to get from these two teams at this stage of the season, but the Cavaliers have come to life a bit since the return of Kevin Love while the Knicks have found a bit of form themselves. These teams have already met twice this season with the Cavaliers winning on each occasion by single digits and I think they can make it a clean sweep with another narrow win here.


Cleveland +3
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