Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks December 4 Betting Preview
The Cavaliers (winners of seven of their last nine) will head to New York to take on the Knicks who have won just two of their last eight.
The Cavs will still be without Jarrett Allen in this game as he continues to manage the lower back injury he suffered a just a few games ago. Dean Wade has also been added to the injury report with a shoulder injury, and it is being reported that he could miss "a few weeks".
Cavs vs. Knicks
It seems like the Knicks have been attempting to find the right guys and the right pieces to be successful for quite some time now, but just have not been able to put it all together.
The Cavs being without Allen will absolutely help the Knicks from a betting perspective, as the Knicks leading scorer in Julius Randle should be able to have a solid game. Their new $100 million-dollar guard in Jalen Brunson is having a decent season, putting up 21 points per game to go along with six assists.
These two teams have met just once this year, as the Cavs beat the Knicks 121-108 back in Cleveland on October 30.
As for the Cavs, you just know that star guard Donovan Mitchell has been itching to play in The Garden since this past off-season. Knicks fans everywhere were sure that Mitchell was going to be traded to them and that the Knicks front office would do anything and everything they could to bring the former Jazz' home, but the Cavs just wanted him more.
This season, the Knicks have a record of 9-13-1 against the spread.
Coming into tonights game, the Cavaliers have won back-to-back games, including a dominate 113-85 win over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavs are a solid 13-8-2 this season against the spread. All time, the Cavs are 14-12 against the Knicks when it comes to the spread.
Given that it is just a three point spread, you might just find more value in betting the moneline in this one.
I truly do see the Cavs coming out on top in this matchup. Despite dealing with a few injuires, they have been finally starting to put it all together with what they have.
In the past few games, we've been able to see a number of things; the Cavs have won games when Mitchell and Darius Garland didn't have to carry, Caris LeVert step up in his new bench role, and the simple fact that the Cavs have defeated some pretty solid teams in this strech of games.
Call me crazy, but I truly do belive Mitchell being in New York City and in front of this crowd that so desperately wanted him just a few months ago will have him playing inspired, as well as his teammates. I like the Cavs tonight on the moneyline and/or to cover the spread, whichever one you fancy.
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