Knicks vs Cavaliers 1/20/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland -2
Marcus Morris and the New York Knicks (11-32, 5th in the Atlantic Division) travel to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-31, 5th in the Central Division). Cleveland opens this game as 2 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 222.
The Knicks are covering the spread 48.8% of the time, having gone 21-22-0 ATS. Cleveland is covering 45.2% of the time, going 19-23-1 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/18/20 PG Dennis Smith Jr. Oblique is questionable Monday vs Cleveland
01/17/20 SF RJ Barrett Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
01/18/20 PG Brandon Knight Knee is questionable Monday vs New York
01/18/20 C Ante Zizic Illness is questionable Monday vs New York
01/13/20 SG Dylan Windler Leg is out for season
01/06/20 SG Kevin Porter Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
Marcus Morris comes into this contest averaging 19.0 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Julius Randle averages 18.9 points per game in 32.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.3 assists per contest and 9.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%.
Collin Sexton averages 19.2 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.3 rebounds per game and has 2.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Kevin Love averages 17.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.2 rebounds per contest and 2.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 104.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -8.6 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 26th in the league. They average 46.0 rebounds per game and 21.2 assists per game, which ranks them 8th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 14.0 per game. The Knicks allow 112.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc, ranking them 22nd and 30th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.5 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 24.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland is 27th in the league with 105.2 points per game this year. They are 19th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -8.9. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 24th in the NBA. They are 20th in the league in rebounding with 44.1 boards per game, and 28th in assists per contest with 21.6. The Cavaliers are 2nd in turnovers per game with 16.5. The Cavaliers surrender 114.1 points per contest, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their defense allows a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 29th with 26.0 assists allowed per contest and 5th with 43.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Cavaliers are 4th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 12.6 per game.
The Knicks are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.7, and their defensive rating of 113.4 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 18th in the league with 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 29th. As a team they are 30th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league. New York is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 4th in the league.
Cleveland is 1st in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league. The Cavaliers are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.1, and their defensive rating of 115.1 is ranked 29th. In terms of pace they are 22nd in the league with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 22nd. As a team they are 22nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Cavaliers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York +2
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