The NBA is set up with a great slate of games throughout January 29. Ten games will be up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks. These two teams have struggled early in this season, but will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
The Cavaliers have started out this season with a record of 9-9, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Cleveland was able to earn a win in their last game, but had lost back to back before that win. The Cavaliers will look to build on that win with a victory in this one. Cleveland should look to set the pace early in this one.
New York has earned a record of 8-11 throughout the early part of this season, which has them tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have lost three straight games coming into this one. New York will look to try and get back in the win column with a victory in this one. I expect the Knicks to try and change things up in this one.
These two teams are on the cusp of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. This should lead to an exciting game in this one. I expect both teams to try and set the pace early in this matchup. If either team can get going early, it should be enough to propel them to the win. With both teams sitting at similar records, this should be a game to keep an eye on in this one.
The Cavaliers and the Knicks met up four times throughout last season. The first two games were in New York. Collin Sexton dropped 31 points in the first game, while Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Love both finished with 17 points. Cleveland won 108-87. Julius Randle scored 30 points and Marcus Morris had 23 points in the second game as the Knicks won 123-105.
The third and fourth game of last season’s series was in Cleveland. Marcus Morris and Julius Randle both scored 19 points in the third game of the season series to lead New York to a 106-86 win. Morris finished with 26 points in the final game, while Randle put up 20 points. Elfrid Payton dropped 17 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists as the Knicks won 139-134 on the road.
Cleveland hosted the first game of the season series on December 29. Collin Sexton dropped 20 points and Andre Drummond had 18 points and 17 rebounds. It was not enough for the Cavaliers in this one. Julius Randle put up 28 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in this one. Reggie Bullock added 17 points as New York won 95-68.
The second game stayed in Cleveland on January 15. Julius Randle, Immanuel Quickley and R.J. Barrett all had 20 or more points, but the Knicks still came up short. Andre Drummond dropped 33 points and 23 rebounds. Cedi Osman scored 25 points to help propel the Cavaliers was able to earn a 106-103 win at home.
Field Goal Shooting
The Cavaliers have not been great shooting the ball early in this season. Cleveland has been able to make around 45.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 18th in the NBA. The Cavaliers have also shot around 36.3 percent from deep, which is 13th in the league. Cleveland is making 70.2 percent of their free throws, which is last in the NBA.
New York has also struggled shooting the ball so far this season. The Knicks have been able to knock down 44.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the league. New York is shooting 34.9 percent from behind the arc, which is 24th in the NBA. The Knicks have also been able to make 75.5 percent of their free throw shots, which is 20th in the league.
These two teams have not shot well early this season, but Cleveland has a slight edge in that regard in this one. The Knicks have been great on defense though, holding opposing teams to a 43 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is best in the NBA. If New York can shut down the Cavaliers in this one, it could help propel them to the win.
Collin Sexton has been the leader for this Cavaliers team so far this season. Sexton is averaging 25 points per game. Andre Drummond has averaged 19 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Darius Garland has averaged 14.5 points, while Cedi Osman is averaging 13.5 points per game. Taurean Prince, Jarrett Allen and Larry Nance Jr. are all averaging over 10 points per game as well this season.
Julius Randle has helped lead this New York team throughout the early portion of this season. Randle has averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett is averaging 17.5 points per game, while Alec Burks has averaged 15.5 points per game. Elfrid Payton is averaging 12 points per game and Immanuel Quickley has averaged 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this season. Cleveland has more depth coming into this one and they will look to use that to their advantage in this one. The Knicks will look to shut down the Cavaliers to give themselves the edge. If either team can come out hot on offense, it could be enough to earn the win.
The Cavaliers are coming into this one after a win, while New York is coming in on a three game losing streak. I think that the Knicks have a chance to earn a win in this one. New York matches up well with big men against Cleveland, which could help shut down the Cavaliers offense. If the Knicks defense can slow down Cleveland, I think they will earn a big win in this one.
BetOnline has this game listed as pick against the spread in this one. This gives even odds to both teams to earn the win. I like the Knicks to take over in this one. New York will look to end this losing streak in this one, which should lead to a quick start. I think that the Knicks will be able to earn a much needed win at home, which makes them a great pick on Friday night.