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.
<p style="text-align:center;"><span> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;" align="center">According to <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Check our SBR's live NBA odds" target="_blank">NBA betting odds</a> the Cavaliers are a 1.5 point home favorite. <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/" title="Read SBR's sportsbook reviews" target="_blank">Sportsbooks have posted the total at 188.5</a>. These teams have seen their last 4 meetings in Cleveland all stay under the total.</p> <p align="center" style="text-align:left;"><b style="font-size:1em;">A Dose of Reality</b></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/mellomello.jpg" style="font-size:1em;" /><span style="font-size:1em;">After losing 9 in a row <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/players-talk/2725756-knicks-still-favorite-win-their-division-5-14-a.html?highlight=Knicks" title="Discuss with other bettors what you think the future of the Knicks is in their division" target="_blank">the Knicks put together a mini 2-game win streak</a>. 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.</span><b style="font-size:1em;"> </b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Heating up at Home</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Cleveland enters tonight having won their last 3 home games. The Cavaliers have only allowed 100-points or more <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-chicago-bulls-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-a-35445/" title="Read our most recent preview for the Cavaliers" target="_blank">in just 1 of their first 9-home games</a> 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 27</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em;"> 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.</span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Final Analysis</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">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 <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA picks available daily" target="_blank">to our NBA picks</a>.</span><b style="font-size:1em;"><i> </i></b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;"><i>Free Pick</i></b><b style="font-size:1em;">: Knicks/Cavaliers to go under the total of 188.5</b></p> [gameodds]5/249707/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]