Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks NBA Picks & Predictions 11/18/2019
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: New York -3.5
Madison Square Garden is the venue where Marcus Morris and the New York Knicks (3-10, 5th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7, 3rd in the Central Division) on Monday. The spread on this matchup has New York as 3.5 point favorites. The total is set at 211.
The Cavaliers are covering 60.0% of the time, having gone 6-4-1 ATS. New York is covering 46.2% of the time, going 6-7-0 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
11/16/2019 Ante Zizic C Foot Game Time Decision
11/15/2019 Jr PF Thumb Game Time Decision
11/14/2019 Dylan Windler SG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Nov 22
11/14/2019 John Henson PF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Nov 22
Key New York Knicks Injuries
11/15/2019 Frank Ntilikina PG Groin Game Time Decision
11/15/2019 R.J SF Quadriceps Game Time Decision
11/14/2019 Elfrid Payton PG Hamstring Game Time Decision
11/14/2019 Kadeem Allen SG Knee Game Time Decision
11/13/2019 Reggie Bullock SG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
Collin Sexton comes into this contest averaging 18.4 points per game while playing 30.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 81%. Kevin Love averages 18.7 points per game in 33.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.2 assists per contest and 12.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Marcus Morris averages 18.2 points per game while playing 33.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has 1.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Julius Randle averages 15.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.5 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 62%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 105.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 26th in the league. They average 45.5 rebounds per game and 20.2 assists per game, which ranks them 17th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 14.5 per game. The Cavaliers allow 107.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 22nd and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.8 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 25.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 14.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 30th in the league with 100.2 points per game this year. They are 29th in the league in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is -9.0. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.6 boards per game, and 27th in assists per contest with 20.4. The Knicks are 14th in turnovers per game with 16.1. The Knicks surrender 109.2 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 17th in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 22.8 assists allowed per contest and 13th with 45.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Knicks are 9th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.8 per game.
The Cavaliers are 23rd in the league in defensive rating with 107.3, and their offensive rating of 105.5 is ranked 15th. They are 23rd in the NBA in pace with 99.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 25th. As a unit they are 26th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA. Cleveland is 21st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 9th in the NBA.
New York is 13th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 8th in the league. The Knicks are 30th in the NBA in offensive rating with 101.8, and their defensive rating of 110.9 is ranked 21st. In terms of pace they are 27th in the league with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 48% is 29th. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 25th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York -3.5
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