Saturday, March 26, 2016
Madison Square Garden
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has Cleveland as 8.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.5.
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The Cavaliers come into this game with an overall record of 51-21 and a road record of 21-15. They are 1st in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 5.9 as they are averaging 103.9 points per game while giving up 97.9 per contest. Cleveland is 7-5 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 29-14. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Knicks have an overall record of 30-43 and a home record of 17-19. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 98.8 points per game and surrendering 101.4, good for a point differential of -2.5. New York has a division record of 6-7 and a conference record of 19-26. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
LeBron James comes into this contest averaging 25 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 7.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is currently at 72%. Kevin Love averages 15.6 points per game in 31.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 9.9 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 21.9 points per game while playing 35.5 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 7.9 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 14.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.3 rebounds per contest and 1.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Cleveland averages 103.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 9th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 5.9 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 10th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 9th in the league. They average 52.7 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranks them 11th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 9th with 13.6 per game. The Cavaliers allow 97.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 48.7 rebounds a game which ranks 4th and they give up 21.2 assists per contest which puts them in 7th place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the league.
New York averages 98.8 points per game this year which ranks them 26th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 26th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 52 rebounds per game and 20.4 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 26th respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 7th with 13.4 per game. The Knicks allow 101.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 10th and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 20.8 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. The Knicks force 11.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers average 101.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 110.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 3.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 11 per contest. The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 110.8 and a defensive rating of 104.4. In terms of pace they average 93.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Knicks score 99.5 ppg at home and they have averaged 100.3 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 4 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -1.1 points per game. The Knicks rating on offense is 105.1 and they have a defensive rating of 107.8. They get 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 25% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 10.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 31-39-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-36-0 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 39-34-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 32-40-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
02/25/16 PG Mo Williams Knee out indefinitely
New York Knicks Injuries
03/09/16 F Lance Thomas Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Cleveland
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