An Eastern Conference contest has the New York Knicks (44-33) traveling to play the Cleveland Cavaliers (48-29) on Friday evening. The Cavaliers currently own the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, while New York sits in the fifth spot. The Knicks have won the last two games against Cleveland, and on Jan. 24, New York beat the Cavs 105-103. Julius Randle (ankle) is out for the Knicks, while Jarrett Allen (groin) is doubtful for the Cavs.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Cavs as 3-point favorites in the latest Knicks vs. Cavaliers odds. The over/under for total points is 219.5. Before making any Cavaliers vs. Knicks picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Cavaliers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the NBA lines and trends for Knicks vs. Cavs:
- Knicks vs. Cavaliers spread: Cleveland -3
- Knicks vs. Cavaliers Over-Under: 219.5 points
- Knicks vs. Cavaliers money line: Cleveland -170, New York +143
- NY: Knicks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win
- CLE: Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Knicks vs. Cavaliers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Cavaliers can cover
Forward Evan Mobley is an agile frontcourt force who has the ability to handle the rock in the open court and make plays at the rim. The USC product logs 16.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. He's recorded 23 double-doubles this season, including on March 28 against the Atlanta Hawks, when Mobley finished with 20 points, 15 boards, and four blocks.
Guard Caris LeVert is an athletic and assertive scoring option off the bench. LeVert uses his solid court vision to find the open man while being able to create his own shot. The Michigan product averages 11.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. On March 21 versus the Brooklyn Nets, LeVert had 18 points and four assists.
Why the Knicks can cover
Guard Jalen Brunson is the lead force for this Knicks team. Brunson continues to get buckets from all across the floor and uses his agility to get past the defender regularly. The Villanova product leads the squad in assists (6.1) with 23.6 points per game. On March 20 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brunson tallied 23 points, 10 assists, and two steals.
Guard Immanuel Quickley provides this group with a sharpshooter on the perimeter. Quickley has good range and is also able to score off the dribble. The Kentucky product averages 14.2 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 36% from 3-point land. He's scored at least 24 points in three straight, including in the March 27 contest versus the Houston Rockets, when Quickley racked up 40 points and nine assists.
How to make Knicks vs. Cavaliers picks
SportsLine's model has simulated Cavs vs. Knicks and it is leaning Under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 219 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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