The 51-27 New York Knicks will hit the road on a back to back as they face the 24-54 Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Cleveland is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this game have the road team New York Knicks favored by -4 points with an over under line of 206 points. Early money has landed on the side of the home team as the Knicks opened up as a -4 ½ point favorite when the odds came out a few hours ago.
This will be the third meeting of the season between the Knicks and Cavaliers with New York winning both games. Each team covered the point spread in their road game.
New York has a road mark of 22-17 on the current campaign. Their 13 game win streak was snapped on Thursday in a 118-111 road overtime defeat to the Chicago Bulls as a -4 point betting favorite. The game landed over 193 ½ points. The Knicks shot just 40.4% from the floor and made 10 of 30 three pointers They allowed 44.8% shooting to the Bulls along with 10 of 27 from beyond the arc. New York attempted 15 less free throws than Chicago. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 36 points and 19 rebounds as he made 13 of his 34 shots. The team sits in the second seed in the Eastern conference by two games over the third seeded Indiana Pacers with just four games remaining. During this win streak we have seen better play defensively by the Knicks. They are eighth in the NBA in scoring defense by allowing 95.9 points a game.
The Cavaliers on their home court this season is 14-25 straight up. They lose their second straight and eighth in ten tries after a 111-104 home defeat to the Detroit Pistons as a -2 ½ point betting favorite. The total in the game landed over 199 points. The Cavs get outscored 37-29 in the final quarter in defeat. They shot 48.8% from the field and made 3 of 15 three pointers. Cleveland allowed the Pistons 50% shooting with only 4 of 16 from three. The Cavaliers pulled down 16 more rebounds and lose because the Cavs had eight more turnovers and shot 16 fewer free throws than Detroit. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 27 points and nine assists as he made 7 of his 15 shots. The Cavaliers have been poor on both ends of the court. They are 29th and second to last in the NBA in shooting the basketball hitting on only 43.4% from the field. They allow opponents 47.6% shooting this season ranking 30th and last in the league.