New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 12/29/2020 NBA Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on December 28, 2020

The Cleveland Cavaliers () will try to build on a three-game win streak when they host the New York Knicks (1-2) on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse as heavy, 39.5-point underdogs. The matchup airs at 7:00 PM ET on FS-OH. The matchup’s over/under is 205.5.

Betting Information

Knicks vs Cavaliers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Knicks -39.5 -117 -125 205.5 -125 -117
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Head to Head

Cleveland has come out on top in six of its last 10 head-to-head matchups against New York. The Knicks have an advantage against the spread (3-1) when playing the Cavaliers.

Knicks vs Cavaliers in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
2/3/2020 Knicks Cavaliers -2 216 -130 109 Regular Season 139-134 NY
1/20/2020 Knicks Cavaliers -1.5 222 -121 101 Regular Season 106-86 NY
11/18/2019 Knicks Knicks -5.5 210 -221 177 Regular Season 123-105 NY
11/10/2019 Knicks Knicks -2 213.5 -130 109 Regular Season 108-87 CLE
2/28/2019 Knicks Regular Season 125-118 CLE
2/11/2019 Cavaliers Regular Season 107-104 CLE
12/12/2018 Cavaliers Regular Season 113-106 CLE
4/11/2018 Cavaliers Regular Season 110-98 NY
4/9/2018 Knicks Regular Season 123-109 CLE
11/13/2017 Knicks Regular Season 104-101 CLE
  • 2/3/2020 DNP – Knicks: RJ Barrett
  • 1/20/2020 DNP – Knicks: RJ Barrett
  • 11/18/2019 DNP – Knicks: Elfrid Payton; Cavaliers: Kevin Love
  • 11/10/2019 DNP – Knicks: Elfrid Payton
  • Knicks Betting Information

    • Against the spread, New York was strong last season, posting a 34-30-1 record.
    • New York more often than not combined with its adversaries to fall short of the over, doing so 31 times in 65 contests (47.7%).
    Bet on the New York Knicks to win the NBA Championship.

    Cavaliers Betting Information

    • Cleveland failed to cover the spread in more than half of its games, going 30-33-2 ATS.
    • In most of Cleveland’s games this season, the teams combined to hit the over (36 out of 65 games, 55.4%).
    Bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • In 71.2% of their games last year (47 of 66 chances), the Knicks and their opponents combined to score more than this matchup’s over/under of 205.5 points.
    • Cleveland played in 54 games last year (out of 65 total matchups — 83.1% of chances) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 205.5 points.
    • Opponents of these two teams averaged a combined 227.1 points per game last season, 21.6 more than the point total in this matchup.
    • The average point total in Knicks games last season was 12.6 more points than the total of 205.5 in this matchup.
    • The average over/under for Cavaliers games last year was 16.2 more points than the point total of 205.5 for this outing.
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    Knicks Leaders

    • Julius Randle contributed 19.5 points per game last season while adding 9.7 rebounds.
    • Elfrid Payton collected 7.2 assists per game.
    • Alec Burks was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, connecting on 1.8 per game.
    • Payton nicked 1.6 steals per game. Mitchell Robinson collected 2.0 blocks a game.

    Cavaliers Leaders

    • Collin Sexton scored 20.8 points per game last season.
    • Andre Drummond collected 15.8 rebounds a game and Darius Garland dished out 3.9 assists per outing.
    • Kevin Love connected on 2.6 threes per game a season ago.
    • Drummond averaged 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
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