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Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on January 12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 119-113.
Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on January 12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 119-113. Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images via AFP.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will welcome guard Donovan Mitchell back to the starting lineup for Tuesday's date with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Read on for our Cavaliers-Knicks NBA picks based on the best NBA odds.

The Cavaliers (29-19) expect to get point guard Donovan Mitchell back for Tuesday night after a multi-game absence. Will his presence lead to a more prominent push for points against a Knicks (25-23) team that has seen consistency in cashing the Over across the past couple of weeks?

Here is our best Cavaliers-Knicks NBA pick (odds via FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Cavaliers vs. Knicks game info

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBA League Pass
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Cavaliers vs. Knicks odds

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Cavaliers vs. Knicks odds analysis

The Cavs opened as 3-point favorites at most of our Best NBA Betting Sites and have remained locked into that number across the board. Both sides have drawn action on this spread, with New York garnering the slight edge with 52% of the money wagered.

The total opened at 219 and has increased to 220.5 or 221 as 62% of the money wagered has gone on the Over.

Cavaliers vs. Knicks pick

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Over 220.5 (-108 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cleveland boasts the best scoring defense in the NBA, allowing just 107.3 points per game on the season. The Cavs are slightly more generous on the road than at home, though, as their road defensive scoring average checks in at 108.5, which is 2.4 points per game higher than the 106.1 mark Cleveland allows at home.

New York, meanwhile, averages 115.1 points per game of offense at home, about 1.6 PPG better than its scoring average on the road. The combined scoring splits clear 224, while the combined scoring defense numbers check in a shade above 221. With a total topping out at 221, the averages provide a slight edge to an Over bet.

The last time these teams faced off at The Garden resulted in a 92-81 win for the Knicks in a defensive battle on December 4. But the offenses had a better rhythm in a 121-108 final on October 30 in Cleveland. Recent trends suggest a matchup more similar to the October affair, as New York games have recently been competitive with this number. The Knicks have played just one of their last 10 games to a combined point total below 220. 

Knicks home games are 14-10 to the Over this season, which is tied for the ninth-highest rate in the NBA this season. With Cleveland’s most explosive offensive player, Mitchell, listed as probable to return to the lineup after a brief absence, I like both sides to play with good energy offensively to push this attackable total to the Over.

Cavaliers vs. Knicks best odds

FanDuel (-108)

DraftKingsFanDuelBetMGMCaesarsPointsBet
221220.5220.5221220.5
-110o-108o-110o-110o-110o

DraftKings and Caesars both list the total at 221 with standard -110 odds on the Over. At current odds, those are the two books to avoid for this wager, unless you’re fading our pick and riding with the Under.

FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet all offer a more favorable number at 220.5. We’re satisfied with the standard -110 odds at BetMGM and PointsBet, but FanDuel currently offers the most attractive overall combo by listing the 220.5 total with -108 odds on the Over. If the line increased to 221.5, this recommendation reduces to three stars.

Cavaliers-Knicks pick made 1/24/2023 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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