Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Preview and Predictions -01-20-2020
The New York Knicks are on the road for a battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks are (11-32), coming off a 90-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavaliers are (12-31), after falling to the Chicago Bulls, 118-116.
In the Knicks loss to the 76ers, New York was guided on offense by Julius Randle. Randle finished the game with a double-double, totaling 14 points and 12 rebounds, while adding 5 assists. The Knicks shot 40% from the floor and 24% from 3-point range. New York out rebounded Philadelphia, 48 to 41. The Knicks allowed the 76ers to sink 103-pointers, while the Knicks made just 6 from deep.
In the Cavaliers loss to the Bulls, Cleveland was led offensively by Kevin Love. Love registered 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Cavaliers shot 54% from the floor and 52% from distance. Cleveland hurt their chances in the game, by giving the ball away 26 times, which helped lead to the Bulls attempting 13 more shots than the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers were out scored on fast break points, 10 to 4.
Recent Betting Trends:
Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
Knicks are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games.
The over is 4-2 in Knicks last 6 games.
Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
Cavaliers are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games.
The over is 8-2 in Cavaliers last 10 games.
Both teams are in the process of a losing streak, as the Knicks have lost 3 in a row, while the Cavaliers have lost 4 straight. Both offense’s have been less than stellar this season, as neither team is averaging over 105 per game. The Cavaliers rank 29th in offensive turnovers, which should help the Knicks gather a couple extra scoring opportunities. With both offense’s not being great, I’ll side with the Knicks as Cleveland will give up to many turnovers, with some more than likely leading to fast break points. Final score prediction, Knicks win out right, 111-107.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, often referred to as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves. Home games were first held at Cleveland Arena from 1970 to 1974, followed by the Richfield Coliseum from 1974 to 1994. Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League. Dan Gilbert has owned the team since March 2005.
The Cavaliers opened their inaugural season losing their first 15 games and struggled in their early years, placing no better than sixth in the Eastern Conference during their first five seasons. The team won their first Central Division title in 1976, which also marked the first winning season and playoff appearance in franchise history, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. The franchise was purchased by Ted Stepien in 1980. Stepien’s tenure as owner was marked by six coaching changes, questionable trades and draft decisions, and poor attendance, leading to $15 million in financial losses. The Cavs went 66–180 in that time and endured a 24-game losing streak spanning the 1981–82 and 1982–83 seasons.
George and Gordon Gund purchased the franchise in 1983. During the latter half of the 1980s and through much of the 1990s, the Cavs were a regular playoff contender, led by players such as Mark Price and Brad Daugherty, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1992. After the team’s playoff appearance in 1998, however, the Cavs had six consecutive losing seasons with no playoff action. Cleveland was awarded with the top overall pick in the 2003 draft, and they selected LeBron James. Behind James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cavaliers again became a regular playoff contender by 2005. They made their first appearance in the NBA Finals in 2007 after winning the first Eastern Conference championship in franchise history. After failing to return to the NBA Finals in the ensuing three seasons, James joined the Miami Heat in 2010. As a result, the Cavaliers finished the 2010–11 season last in the conference, enduring a 26-game losing streak that, as of 2017, ranks as the longest in NBA history for a single season and second overall. Between 2010 and 2014, however, the team won the top pick in the NBA draft lottery three times, first in 2011 where they selected Kyrie Irving, and again in 2013 and 2014.
LeBron James returned to the Cavs in 2014 and led the team to four straight NBA Finals appearances. In 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, marking Cleveland’s first major sports title since 1964. The 2016 NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors marked the first time in Finals history a team had come back to win the series after trailing three games to one. The Cavaliers have made 22 playoff appearances, and won seven Central Division titles, five Eastern Conference titles, and one NBA title.