Cleveland could face short-handed scenario

Cleveland could face short-handed scenario

The Cavaliers have won seven straight meetings against the Knicks. But can the defending champs keep the magic going tonight in spite of a slew of bumps and bruises?

Tyronn Lue’s team hits Gotham shortly, with an 8 p.m. ET tip at Madison Square Garden. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives Cleveland odds of -230 to handle its business on the road. Conversely, New York represents a +180 underdog.

Bet on Assorted NBA Tilts

Monday’s 116-112 victory over Toronto may have come at a price for the Cavs. In the waning moments of the first quarter, J.R. Smith's knee buckled after he took a shot in the lane. A subsequent MRI exam revealed no structural damage, but Lue will likely exercise caution with his long-range gunner.

LeBron James also tweaked his knee in that same contest. Yet No. 23 wouldn’t dare miss an opportunity to steal the Big Apple spotlight. The 12-time All-Star is averaging 27.2 points, seven rebounds and six assists over 45 career games vs. the Knicks. Earlier this season, he posted a triple-double against Carmelo Anthony & Co.

NBA Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

While New York’s coming off a 114-103 triumph at Miami, the situation certainly doesn’t look all rosy for Jeff Hornacek’s crew. Point guard Derrick Rose has been incapacitated by back spasms, and the club holds a 0-4 record on the second night of back-to-backs. Expect the visitors to roll rather handily.

 

WEDNESDAY NBA FREE PICK: CAVALIERS/KNICKS UNDER 217 POINTS

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Bulls vs. Bucks NBA Prediction The Bulls are banged up entering Friday night’s matchup with the Bucks at 8:00 p.m. ET, but Milwaukee has also dropped six of its last 10 games both straight up and...
Thumbnail Heat vs. Hawks Friday Prediction The Heat and the Hawks will meet for the third time in less than two weeks when the two teams square off in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The Heat won the last two...
Thumbnail Pacers vs. Warriors Prediction The second game of TNT’s Thursday night double header in the NBA takes place in San Francisco, where the Warriors will host the pacers at 10:00 p.m. ET. Is 216 too...
Thumbnail Suns vs. Mavericks Prediction The TNT NBA double header will start in Dallas on Thursday night when the Mavericks host the Suns at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the Suns laying 3.5 points and the total sitting at...
Thumbnail Grizzlies vs. Bucks Prediction The red-hot Grizzlies will look to take down the Bucks on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will Memphis cover as a 6.5-point road dog or is Milwaukee the better bet as...