Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Prediction, 1/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks
Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+2)
Madison Square Garden is the site where and the New York Knicks (8-11) will play the Cleveland Cavaliers (9-9) on Friday. The odds on this contest have New York as 2-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 205.5.
The Cleveland Cavaliers stepped onto the hardwood against the Detroit Pistons and notched a win by a score of 122-107 in their last contest. Cleveland wrapped up the contest having earned a 54.0% field goal percentage (47 out of 87) and knocked down 11 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Cavaliers converted 17 of their 23 tries for a percentage of 73.9%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 37 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 24 dimes in this contest as well as having 14 steals and 7 blocks. When it comes to the defense, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 45.1% from the field on 37 of 82 shooting. Detroit recorded 29 assists and had 7 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Pistons grabbed 40 rebounds (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Detroit ended up shooting 75.9% at the free throw line by making 22 of 29 attempts. They made 11 of 27 shots from 3-point land.
Collin Sexton is one player who was a major contributor in this game. He had 29 points on 10 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 34:46 minutes and also totaled 5 rebounds. Sexton ended up going 71.4% from the field and earned 5 dimes. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Cavaliers was Andre Drummond. He collected 16 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 37.5% from the floor in the game by going 9-of-24 (23 points). When all was said and done, Drummond played for 28:01 minutes.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 9-9 for the season. The Cavaliers are hitting 36.3% on shots from distance (182 of 501) and 70.2% from the charity stripe. They average 105.4 points per contest (29th in basketball) while going 45.6% from the floor. They are turning it over 16.3 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.7 personal fouls every game. As a team, Cleveland is pulling down 43.6 boards per game and has accounted for 430 assists on the year, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Cavaliers are able to force 17.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 38.9% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 7th in the league in points per game from their opponents (109.0). The Cavaliers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.6% (320 of 357) and they concede 44.9 boards per game as a squad. They are ranked 21st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 451 surrendered this year.
When they last played, the New York Knicks took a loss by a final score of 108-94 against the Utah Jazz. The Knicks were able to pull down 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 in this matchup. They rejected 4 tries while getting 6 steals for the matchup. The Jazz were called for 14 fouls in this contest which took the Knicks to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.6%. Concerning shots from downtown, New York knocked down 10 out of 27 tries (37.0%). Overall, the Knicks walked away from this one shooting 36 out of 83 from the floor which had them shooting 43.4%. The Knicks permitted the Jazz to convert 37 out of 92 tries from the floor which had them shooting 40.2% in this game. They finished 31.3% from beyond the arc by hitting 15 of 48 and ended up going 19 of 22 from the free throw line (86.4%). Concerning rebounding, New York permitted Utah to collect 53 in total (17 on the offensive glass).
Austin Rivers pitched in for the Knicks for the matchup. He buried 10 out of 14 for the contest for a rate of 71.4%, which gave him 25 points. Rivers pulled down 3 rebounds in his 27:27 minutes of time on the court and tallied 2 assists for the contest. Someone else that was important for New York was Julius Randle. He totaled 18 points in his 35:02 mins on the court by way of 6 of 16 shooting for the matchup. Randle walked away from this one going 37.5% from the floor while also earning 4 assists and 10 rebounds.
New York has a record of 8-11 on the year. New York has scored 1,929 points this year (101.5 per game) and they pull in 47.4 boards per game. The Knicks commit 20.9 fouls per game and they hit 75.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Knicks are connecting on 44.2% from the field, which ranks 26th in the NBA. They are earning an assist 21.1 times per contest (30th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per contest. The Knicks on defense are ranked 1st in the league in PPG given up with 103.8. They are forcing 11.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the floor (1st in basketball). The New York defense gives up 31.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (229 of 730) and their opponents are knocking down 74.8% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 22.5 assists and 46.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks 2nd and 19th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+2)
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