Back Knicks to Cover +6.5 Against Cavaliers With Your NBA Picks

Joe Catalano

Friday, November 13, 2015 8:09 PM GMT

Can Porzingis and the Knicks withstand the wrath of King James in their house when the Cavaliers visit the Knicks? See what we think with our NBA pick.

The greatest player in the world in LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of 7 straight, take their act on the road to "America's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, as they face 7 foot 3 rookie, Kristaps Porzingis and the new and improved New York Knicks.  

Tip-off is scheduled for Friday, November 13th, at 7:30 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This game can be seen on NBA TV and the MSG Network. According to 5Dimes, the Cavaliers are a 6.5-point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 203.5 points on the NBA odds board.

 

LBJ at MSG
You listen to every superstar in the NBA and in the past and they'll all tell you that stepping on to the Madison Square Garden floor is the most exciting thing for them aside from winning a championship. LeBron James is no different than no other player and he will have a ton of opportunities to showcase his skills as Kyrie Irving is out of action.

Thus far, the Cavs and James have been unstoppable, winning 7 games in a row and it's been a collective team effort. That said, if James isn't on top of his game, the Cavaliers aren't nearly as effective.

For the season, he's averaging 25.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. Lets face it; if James wanted to average 40 points per game or have a triple double every game, he could probably do it. His objective is to lead his team and get other players such as Kevin Love involved in the offense as Love is a key component to this championship level team. Look for James to have a huge game at the Garden.

 

Mo Williams
He's well-traveled, but everywhere he seems to play, Mo Williams is a productive player that can dish the rock and score points. I actually don't understand why he doesn't stay with one team because he's at the level of a starter and could be the difference between the Cavaliers beating a possible opponent in the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals or losing again. Williams will be matched up with Jose Calderon and the advantage goes to Williams despite Calderon playing well as of late. For the season, little Mo is averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 assists per game.

 

Phil Jackson is a Genius
Along with his 11 titles as an NBA head coach and titles as a player for the Knicks, Phil Jackson was dealt a raw deal when the Knicks picked up the 4th player in the draft. Jackson didn't trade the pick. Much to the fan's dismay, he picked up, Kristaps Porzingis and this pick is paying off in a major way.

At 7 foot 3, Porzingis is unstoppable around the hoop. Not only that, he can block shots and rebound and also nail the 3-ball. In New York's last game, Porizingis hit a 3- pointer to win the game against the Hornets, but the referees called it off. Porzingis will have many more opportunities. The only issue with Porzingis is his tendency to get into foul trouble. When Lebron James takes the ball to the hole, Porzingis must resist from reaching in or he'll be taking a seat on the bench.

Of course, there's Carmelo Anthony, and Anthony is starting to buy into this Triangle Offense and the Knicks and Anthony have been playing well. In one season, New York has went from a laughing stock of the the NBA to a possible playoff contender and Phil Jackson is responsible for this as he dumped a lot of highly payed players and freed up the salary cap. 

Without Kyrie Irving in this game, I think the Knicks not only will cover the spread, but have a chance to win, so back them with your NBA picks.

NBA Picks: New York Knicks +6.5 at 5Dimes

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