Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks January 24 Betting Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks January 24 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
1 year ago
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell dribbles the ball against New York Knicks' Julius Randle

The Cleveland Cavaliers (29-19) visit Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in search of a two-game winning streak as they play the New York Knicks (25-23). Cleveland, 5-5 in its last 10 games, is coming off of an impressive 114-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back. New York has lost four games in a row after winning seven of its previous eight games.

This is the third meeting between the Cavaliers and Knicks this season. New York won the last meeting between the two teams in a low-scoring, 92-81 affair on December 4. Cleveland beat New York 121-108 on October 30.

Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Preview

Saturday's win over the Bucks was a huge momentum boost for the Cavs, which lost for the 12th time in a row in the regular season to the Golden State Warriors the night prior. Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his team took the Warriors lightly considering the fact Golden State benched starters Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole for rest. 

The win was even more impressive as Cleveland did it without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, whose 28.4 points per game ranks ninth in the NBA. Evan Mobley stepped up in a big way with a career-high 38 points on 19-for-27 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. Mobley is averaging 15.1 PPG. Mitchell, meanwhile, is probable for Tuesday's game with a groin injury.

Cleveland ranks 26th in scoring this season, but has the league's second-best defensive rating (111.4). They've been dominant at home, but are just 9-14 away from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse this season.

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New York Knicks Betting Preview

The Knicks have been brought back down to earth by their recent four-game slide, which includes a pair of losses to the struggling Toronto Raptors. New York has given up 503 points in those four games, or 125.7 points per game. The team's defensive rating is now 114.8, which is tied for 14th among all NBA teams.

New York is now seventh in the Eastern Conference and just 2.5 games up on the Chicago Bulls for the final play-in spot. They have an incredibly tough schedule coming up, which could easily put them out of the play-in. Their next seven games are against the Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers.

New York is just 11-13 at MSG, whereas they have a 14-10 record on the road. 

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Odds and Prediction

Cleveland is a -167 moneyline favorite, while the Knicks are paying out +140. The spread for tonight's game is -3.5 (-110) for the Cavaliers and +3.5 (-110) for the Knicks. The over/under is 220.

Considering the Knicks' uninspired play at home and the fact they've lost four in a row, it's worth betting the Cavaliers moneyline tonight. Cleveland won four in a row against the Knicks before their loss in December and will look to reassert their dominance over their Eastern Conference foe.

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