Pick the "Under" for Knicks vs. Cavaliers

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:19 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 1:19 PM GMT

The Cavaliers host the Knicks on Tuesday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio with the opening tip slated for 7:05 PM ET. Both teams have been able to apply the pressure defensively while they're offenses have seen some struggles. Let's take a look at where the value lies and find the NBA picks.

According to NBA betting odds the Cavaliers are a 1.5 point home favorite. Sportsbooks have posted the total at 188.5. These teams have seen their last 4 meetings in Cleveland all stay under the total.

A Dose of Reality

After losing 9 in a row the Knicks put together a mini 2-game win streak. Well, that was abruptly halted in decisive fashion on Sunday when they were lambasted at home by the Boston Celtics in an embarrassing 114-73 loss. They were dominated in every facet of the game by the Celtics. Boston shot 54.2% from the field, made 14 three-point shots while converting on 56% of their attempts, and had a huge 46-26 rebounding advantage. On a positive note pertaining to this contest, the Knicks have actually been a tad bit better on the road (3-6) than at home (2-9) this season. New York has gone under the total in 7 of 9 road games this season, including 6 of their last 7. 

Heating up at Home 

Cleveland enters tonight having won their last 3 home games. The Cavaliers have only allowed 100-points or more in just 1 of their first 9-home games this season. Defense hasn’t been the issue for the Cavaliers, it’s been their ineptness offensively which has prevented them from a winning more often. They are currently 27th in the NBA averaging just 92.4 points per game, in addition to next to last in the league in field goal percentage offense shooting a miserable 41.5% on the season. They’ve broken the 100-point barrier in just 4 of their first 21-games, and in just 1 of their first 9 home games.

Final Analysis

Despite their woeful defensive effort in the debacle versus the Celtics on Sunday, the Knicks haven’t been a horrible defensive team this season. They’re currently 16th in the NBA for scoring defense. New York has also gone under the total in their last 9-games following a loss by 10-points or more. I’ve already alluded to the Cavaliers struggles offensively, and their ability to lock down defensively at home. My lean here is toward a low scoring game, we will add the Under to our NBA picks. 

Free Pick: Knicks/Cavaliers to go under the total of 188.5

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