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New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Pick

Time: 7:30 PM EST Saturday March 8, 2014 NBATV

Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the New York Knicks in an Eastern Conference match up.

In their last games: The Knicks beat the Utah Jazz 108-81 and the Cavaliers lost to the Charlotte Bobcats 101-92.

In their easy win over the Jazz Carmelo Anthony went for 29 points and the Knicks shot well as a team shooting 49.4% from the floor.

In their loss to the Bobcats the Cavs shot 43% from the field and they were cold beyond the arc only hitting on 3 of their 17 3-pointers.

These teams have split the 2 meetings this season with the Knicks winning the most recent game 117-86.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 games between these 2 teams.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Cleveland the total has gone Under 4 times.

The Knicks have won 2 straight and are 3-7 in their last 10 games and the Cavaliers have lost 3 in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

This season the Cavaliers are 15-16 at home and the Knicks are 10-20 on the road.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Cleveland -2
Total Line: 198.5
Money Line: Knicks +110 / Cavaliers -130

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
New York Knicks: 22-40 SU 25-37 ATS
Cleveland Cavaliers: 24-38 SU 28-34 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• NY is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
• NY is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• NY has an Over record of 9-3 in their last 12 road games.
• CLE is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• CLE is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• CLE has an Under record of 13-3 in their last 16 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
New York Knicks: 86.96
Cleveland Cavaliers: 85.33

Key Player Injuries

[F] 02/05/2014 – Kenyon Martin out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[C] 01/23/2014 – Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely ( Elbow )

[G] 01/28/2014 – Carrick Felix out indefinitely ( Knee )
[G] 02/24/2014 – C.J. Miles out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[C] 03/07/2014 – Anderson Varejao doubtful Saturday vs. New York ( Back )

Point Spread Pick:

We just can’t see New York winning 3 games in a row. Especially in this spot. Yes the Cavs are playing back to back like the Knicks, but New York is playing their 3rd in 4 nights. The Knicks are a very poor 10-20 on the road and with the posted point spread leaving a 1-point loss as the only covering position we feel comfortable laying on the team that we feel should have no problem getting the W. Take the Cleveland Cavaliers -2.

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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