Cavaliers vs Knicks: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 29, 2020

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on December 29, 2020

The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-0) are favorites as they try to continue a three-game win streak when they host the New York Knicks (1-2) on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The matchup airs at 7:00 PM ET on FS-OH. The matchup has an over/under of points.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of December 29, 2020, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Cavaliers vs Knicks Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 29

Cavaliers:
Isaac Okoro: Out (Foot),
Dylan Windler: Out (Wrist),
Kevin Love: Out (Calf),
Kevin Porter Jr.: Out (Personal),
Matthew Dellavedova: Out (Concussion)

Knicks:
Austin Rivers: Out (Groin),
Dennis Smith Jr.: Out (Quad),
Kevin Knox II: Day To Day (Knee),
Alec Burks: Day To Day (Ankle),
Obi Toppin: Out (Calf),
Omari Spellman: Day To Day (Right knee),
Immanuel Quickley: Out (Hip)

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Cavaliers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Collin Sexton 65 20.8 3.2 3.0 1.0 0.1 1.5
Andre Drummond 49 17.8 15.8 2.8 2.0 1.7 0.0
Kevin Love 56 17.6 9.8 3.2 0.6 0.3 2.6
Darius Garland 59 12.3 1.9 3.9 0.7 0.1 1.8
Cedi Osman 65 11.0 3.6 2.4 0.8 0.2 1.9

Knicks Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Julius Randle 64 19.5 9.7 3.1 0.8 0.3 1.0
Alec Burks 48 16.1 4.7 3.1 1.0 0.4 1.8
RJ Barrett 56 14.3 5.0 2.6 1.0 0.3 1.1
Alec Burks 18 12.2 3.1 2.1 0.7 0.0 1.8
Elfrid Payton 45 10.0 4.7 7.2 1.6 0.4 0.3

Shooting Trends

  • The Cavaliers made 45.8% of their shots from the field last season, which was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Knicks allowed to their opponents (46.3%).
  • Cleveland went 17-9 against the spread and 11-15 overall when it shot higher than 46.3% from the field.
  • New York went 20-8-1 against the spread and 15-15 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 45.8% from the field.
  • The Knicks’ 44.8% shooting percentage from the field last season was 4.3 percentage points lower than the Cavaliers gave up to their opponents (49.1%).
  • Last season, New York had a 7-3 record against the spread and a 6-5 record overall in games the team collectively shot above 49.1% from the field.
  • Cleveland went 12-4-1 against the spread and 12-5 overall in games it allowed opponents to shoot higher than 44.8% from the field.
  • The Cavaliers shot 35.1% from deep last season, three% lower than the 38.1% the Knicks allowed to opponents.
  • Cleveland had a 12-8-1 record against the spread and a 6-15 record overall when the team connected on more than 38.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • New York put up a 19-5-1 against the spread while going 13-13 overall in games last season when its opponents shot higher than 35.1% from downtown.
  • The Knicks shot 33.7% from three-point distance last season. That’s 3.8 percentage points lower than the Cavaliers allowed their opponents to shot from deep (37.5%).
  • New York went 15-5-1 ATS and 10-12 overall when the team made more than 37.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Cleveland went 10-2-1 ATS and 7-6 overall in games it shot above 33.7% from deep.
  • The Cavaliers’ 11.2 made three-pointers per game last season were 1.6 more made shots on average than the 9.6 per game the Knicks allowed.
  • Cleveland went 12-8-2 against the spread and 6-16 overall last season in games it out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When New York made fewer threes than its opponents, it went 21-24-1 ATS and 15-32 straight up.
  • The Cavaliers were the 21st-best three-point shooting team in the NBA last season, while the Knicks gave up the 27th-fewest makes from deep.

Cavaliers vs Knicks Stat Rankings

Cavaliers Rank Cavaliers AVG Knicks AVG Knicks Rank
26th 106.9 Points Scored 105.8 29th
22nd 114.8 Points Allowed 112.3 18th
18th 44.3 Rebounds 46.5 5th
4th 10.8 Off. Rebounds 12 1st
21st 11.2 3pt Made 9.6 30th
24th 23.1 Assists 22.1 27th
28th 15.7 Turnovers 13.9 13th

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