Cleveland Cavaliers (29-19) at New York Knicks (25-23)
Game Info: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. EST (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: Cavaliers (-3) / Over/Under (219)
Pick: Cavaliers (-3)
This Tuesday night, we will dive into an Eastern Conference duel between two teams that are hoping to make some noise in the Playoffs come mid-April, when the Cleveland Cavaliers travel into MSG to take on the New York Knicks.
Cleveland will be glad to get Donovan Mitchell back in this one if he is able to give it a go. After missing the last few games, Mitchell will be raring to go when he steps foot in The Garden as he hopes to bring his team a boost after losing 2 out of their last 3 games. Comfortably sitting in the 5th seed above the Heat in the standings right now, Cleveland will have their eyes above them in order to try and get a top-4 seed in the East come playoff time. They have covered 5 out of their last 8 games, and will have a great chance at improving on that record as Mitchell Robinson will be out for the Knicks. The likes of Mitchell, Garland, and LeVert should have success in attacking the rim because of this, as his replacement Jericho Sims is a substantially worse defender than Robinson is at this point in his career.
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New York is in a rough patch right now. They are 0-4 SU in their last 4 games played, and are also 0-4 ATS in that period of games. After suffering 2 disappointing losses on the road to the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks by a combined 24 points, they will look to get closer to the .500 mark at home in this game as they are currently 11-13 at home on the season. Starting PF, Julius Randle, has had a tremendous bounce back year coming off of an underwhelming season in the last. He is currently averaging 24.4 PTS, 10.9 REB, and 4.0 AST; numbers that should certainly have him in the All-Star game when it comes around. Although their Big-3 of Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett, and Julius Randle will all be active against the Cavs, as I previously mentioned, Mitchell Robinson will be out, as will Immanuel Quickley. To the average fan, these aren't going to pop off the page as big names to miss, but they both play a key role in bringing energy to this team that is sorely missed when they are gone.
A few betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- New York is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games played
- New York is 8-14-2 ATS as the home team
- Cleveland is 14-9-3 ATS in Conference games
This is a game where I suggest jumping on this number now as it stands. When Donovan Mitchell gets announced as active in the lineup tomorrow, this line could increase into an area that is too pricey to play on the road. If he is able to play (probable on the injury report right now), he will give a bolster to this already dominant offense, that should be able to feast on the Knicks mediocre defense all night. The Knicks are headed in the wrong direction with injuries, while the Cavaliers are headed in the opposite direction, with all of their key players most likely being active in this contest. The Cavs will dominate the paint all night and get a substantial win in The Garden on Tuesday night. Give me the Cavs minus the points.
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