New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 1/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+1.5)
The New York Knicks (5-7) go to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday where they'll take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-7). Cleveland opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 226.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Brooklyn Nets and ended up losing by a score of 116-109 in their last game. New York wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.8% field goal percentage (44 out of 92) and buried 11 out of their 28 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Knicks made 10 of 12 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they compiled 43 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 22 assists in the game as well as getting 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. Concerning defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 48.4% from the field on 44 out of 91 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 29 dimes and had 3 steals for the game. In addition, the Nets collected 46 boards (12 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Brooklyn walked away from this one shooting 70.6% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 17 tries. They also converted 16 of 40 tries from three-point range.
Julius Randle is someone who was a contributor in the game. He ended up with 30 points on 13 out of 25 shooting. He played for 40:15 minutes played and snagged 7 boards. Randle finished the game shooting 52.0% from the floor and dished out 5 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He grabbed 5 rebounds and totaled 3 dimes. He finished the game at 46.7% from the field for the matchup by hitting 7-of-15 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Barrett was on the hardwood for 38:06 min.
New York will take the court with a win-loss record of 5-7 on the year. They currently have an average of 100.8 pts per game (29th in basketball) while connecting on 44.6% from the field. The Knicks are shooting 35.1% on 3-point shots (115 of 328) and 73.9% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New York is pulling down 46.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 266 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 17th in basketball in terms of passing. They cough up possession 15.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 20.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Knicks have forced 11.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.1 personal fouls. They are conceding 32.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 4th in the league in PPG allowed (106.3). The Knicks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.0% (143 of 229) and they concede 44.9 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 18th in the NBA in giving up assists with 277 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a loss by a final score of 117-87 against the Utah Jazz. The Cavaliers corralled 28 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in this game. They also blocked 4 tries while getting 7 steals in this contest. The Jazz were called for 16 fouls in the game which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to convert 9 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 64.3%. In regard to shooting from downtown, Cleveland buried 8 of 31 attempts (25.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Cavaliers finished the game shooting 35 for 90 from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.9%. The Cavaliers permitted the Jazz to convert 42 of their 84 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% in this contest. They finished 53.3% from three-point range via 24 out of 45 and ended up shooting 9 out of 12 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In the matter of rebounding, Cleveland permitted Utah to snag 48 in total (10 offensive).
Cedi Osman ended up having an impact for the Cavaliers in the game. He converted 7 out of 15 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 46.7%, which had him sitting at 17 points. Osman pulled down 4 boards in his 37:42 mins of playing time and totaled 6 assists in this matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Cleveland was Isaac Okoro. He ended up scoring 11 points in 35:33 mins on the hardwood via 4 out of 13 from the floor in this contest. Okoro walked away from this one going 30.8% from the floor while totaling 3 dimes and 3 boards.
Cleveland has a win-loss mark of 5-7 this year. The Cavaliers have committed 18.9 personal fouls every game and they shoot 65.2% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 23.7 times per game (20th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 16.4 times per contest. Cleveland has scored 1,187 pts on the season (98.9 per contest) and they grab 43.5 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Cavaliers are shooting 44.2% from the field, which is 25th in the league. The Cavaliers on the defensive side of the court are 1st in basketball in points allowed per game with 104.0. They allow 25.2 dimes and 46.1 total rebounds per game, which ranks 20th and 21st in basketball. The Cleveland defense gives up 39.7% on 3-point shots (164 of 413) and their opponents are converting on 71.7% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 19.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.5% from the floor (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (-1.5)
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