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Cleveland Cavaliers versus New York Knicks Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-4-2013


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The 35-21 New York Knicks will be on a back to back when they face a 20-39 Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA pro basketball game on Monday night. Tip off time from Cleveland is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA odds from this pro basketball game have the home team Cleveland Cavaliers favored by -5 points. There has been no line movement since the odds were released a few hours ago.

The teams met back on December 15th where the Knicks defeated Cleveland 103-102 as a -10 ½ point betting home favorite. The game went over the total of 194 ½ points.

New York has a road record of 14-12 on the season. Their three game win streak is broken in a 99-93 home defeat on Sunday to the Miami Heat as a +4 ½ point underdog. The game finished under 196 ½ points. The Knicks get outscored in the final period 26-16 by the Heat in the loss. New York shot just 43.2% from the floor along with 8 of 29 from three point distance. They give up 46.4% shooting to Miami and the Knicks turn the ball over 18 times. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and three assists on 9 of 19 from the floor. The Knicks defensively have digressed since the early part of the season. They are now 19th in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage allowing 45.8% shooting to their opponents.

The Cavaliers are 11-17 straight up on their home court. The team had their two game win streak snapped on Friday in a 105-89 home defeat to the LA Clippers as a +8 point underdog. The total landed under 200 points. Cleveland shot 44.6% from the floor and made 5 of 16 from three. They give up 51.8% shooting to the LA Clippers and pulled down seven rebounds less than the Clips. Dion Waiters had 17 points and six assists on 6 of 11 shooting. The Cavs have struggled on both ends of the court. They are 28th and third worst in shooting as the team makes 43.4% of their shots. On defense the Cavaliers are 30th and worst in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage allowing opponents 47.8% from the field.