Through 3 Quarters
Down one at the end of last quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers have now snagged the lead. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the New York Knicks 89-75 three quarters in.
The Cavaliers have been relying on point guard Ricky Rubio, who has shot 6-for-6 from beyond the arc and has recorded 23 points and six assists, and power forward Evan Mobley, who has 20 points along with seven rebounds. The top scorer for New York has been power forward Julius Randle (18 points).
Cleveland's lead is the biggest they have had this season going into the fourth quarter.
Cleveland @ New York
Current Records: Cleveland 6-4; New York 6-3
What to Know
The Cleveland Cavaliers will head out on the road to face off against the New York Knicks at 6 p.m. ET Sunday at Madison Square Garden. These two teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.
The Cavaliers escaped with a win this past Friday against the Toronto Raptors by the margin of a single free throw, 102-101. Cleveland relied on the efforts of center Jarrett Allen, who posted a double-double on 16 points and 15 boards, and point guard Darius Garland, who had 21 points and eight assists. That makes it three consecutive games in which Allen has had at least 15 rebounds.
Meanwhile, New York strolled past the Milwaukee Bucks with points to spare this past Friday, taking the game 113-98. The win came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 38-19 deficit. The Knicks' power forward Julius Randle did his thing and dropped a double-double on 32 points and 12 rebounds.
Cleveland is expected to lose this next one by 7.5. They are currently four-for-four against the spread in their most recent games, however, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
Cleveland is now 6-4 while New York sits at 6-3. Two stats to keep an eye on: The Cavaliers enter the matchup with only 15.5 fouls per game on average, which is the best in the league. But the Knicks rank fourth in the league when it comes to fouls drawn per game, with 20.6 on average. The ref's whistle might dictate the flow of action in this one.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 6 p.m. ET
- Where: Madison Square Garden -- New York, New York
- TV: Bally Sports - Ohio
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $49.99
The Knicks are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Cavaliers, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 7.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Cleveland have won 15 out of their last 22 games against New York.
- Jan 29, 2021 - New York 102 vs. Cleveland 81
- Jan 15, 2021 - Cleveland 106 vs. New York 103
- Dec 29, 2020 - New York 95 vs. Cleveland 86
- Feb 03, 2020 - New York 139 vs. Cleveland 134
- Jan 20, 2020 - New York 106 vs. Cleveland 86
- Nov 18, 2019 - New York 123 vs. Cleveland 105
- Nov 10, 2019 - Cleveland 108 vs. New York 87
- Feb 28, 2019 - Cleveland 125 vs. New York 118
- Feb 11, 2019 - Cleveland 107 vs. New York 104
- Dec 12, 2018 - Cleveland 113 vs. New York 106
- Apr 11, 2018 - New York 110 vs. Cleveland 98
- Apr 09, 2018 - Cleveland 123 vs. New York 109
- Nov 13, 2017 - Cleveland 104 vs. New York 101
- Oct 29, 2017 - New York 114 vs. Cleveland 95
- Feb 23, 2017 - Cleveland 119 vs. New York 104
- Feb 04, 2017 - Cleveland 111 vs. New York 104
- Dec 07, 2016 - Cleveland 126 vs. New York 94
- Oct 25, 2016 - Cleveland 117 vs. New York 88
- Mar 26, 2016 - Cleveland 107 vs. New York 93
- Dec 23, 2015 - Cleveland 91 vs. New York 84
- Nov 13, 2015 - Cleveland 90 vs. New York 84
- Nov 04, 2015 - Cleveland 96 vs. New York 86
Injury Report for New York
- Kemba Walker: Out (Rest)
- Luka Samanic: Game-Time Decision (Illness)
Injury Report for Cleveland
- Isaac Okoro: Out (Hamstring)
- Kevin Love: Out (Covid-19)
- Lauri Markkanen: Out (Covid-19)