The Cleveland Cavaliers (48-29) bring their strong defense into a matchup with the efficient offense of the New York Knicks (44-33) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on March 31, 2023, where the Cavaliers 3.5-point favorites. The matchup has a 220 point total.
How to bet Cavaliers vs. Knicks
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -171 odds to pick up the win, while the Knicks are listed at +146 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 220 points.
Cavaliers vs. Knicks Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 31, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSOH
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers vs. Knicks Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Cavaliers are 42-34-1 this season. Cleveland has won 45, or 75%, of the 60 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Cavaliers games this year have gone over the point total 38 times in 77 opportunities (49.4%).
The Knicks have played 77 games, with 43 wins against the spread. New York is 19-20 in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 48.7% of those games). Knicks games this year have hit the over on 40 of 77 set point totals (51.9%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Cavaliers vs. Knicks Injury Report
Knicks: Duane Washington Jr.: Out (Hip), Derrick Rose: Questionable (Illness), Julius Randle: Out (Ankle)
What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland sports a top-five defense this year, ranking best in the league with 106.7 points allowed per game. On offense, it ranks 24th with 112.3 points scored per contest. The Cavaliers put up 113.5 points per game at home, compared to 111 points per game away from home, a difference of 2.5 points per contest. In their last 10 games, the Cavaliers have been scoring 113.6 points per game, an average that’s a little higher than the 112.3 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
Cleveland ranks 19th in the NBA with 11.4 threes per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 14th with a 36.4% shooting percentage from downtown. Of the shots attempted by the Cavaliers in 2022-23, 63% of them have been two-pointers (72.4% of the team’s made baskets) and 37% have been from beyond the arc (27.6%).
What you need to know about the New York Knicks
In 2022-23, New York is 13th in the league on offense (115.4 points scored per game) and eighth defensively (112.5 points allowed). In 2022-23 the Knicks are scoring 2.8 more points per game at home (116.8) than away (114). The Knicks are scoring 116.1 points per game in their previous 10 games, which is 0.7 more than their average for the season (115.4).
New York is 12th in the NBA in 3-pointers made (12.5 per game) and 21st in 3-point percentage (35.1%). The Knicks take 39.9% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 60.1% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 29.9% of the Knicks’ buckets are 3-pointers, and 70.1% are 2-pointers.
Our pick to win this game is the Cavaliers, and we predict that Cavaliers will cover the spread (Cavaliers -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 220 points.
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