Knicks vs. Cavaliers prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, Jan. 24 best bets from model on 56-30 run

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the New York Knicks in a high-profile matchup on Monday. The Cavaliers are 28-19 overall and 13-9 at home this season. The Knicks are 23-24 after a win over the L.A. Clippers on Sunday, which ended a three-game losing streak. Rajon Rondo (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Cleveland, with Lauri Markkanen (ankle) ruled out, while Derrick Rose (ankle) is out for New York, with Kemba Walker (knee) and Mitchell Robinson (ankle) questionable.

Cleveland is listed as a 6.5-point home favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 202 in the latest Knicks vs. Cavaliers odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Knicks vs. Cavaliers match-up, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 15 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 58-32 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,100. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Cavs, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Cavs vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Cavaliers spread: Cavaliers -6.5
  • Knicks vs. Cavaliers over-under: 202 points
  • NYK: The Knicks are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven games
  • CLE: The Cavaliers are 3-2-1 against the spread in the last six games

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Why the Knicks can cover

New York is very potent on the offensive glass, securing nearly 29 percent of available rebounds. The Knicks are in the top 10 of the NBA in second-chance points as a result, and New York ranks in the top 10 in 3-pointers and 3-point accuracy. New York is above-average in free-throw creation and turnover prevention, further bolstering the team’s profile. On defense, the Knicks are allowing 1.09 points per possession, and New York is No. 2 in the NBA in points in the paint allowed. 

New York is in the top five in field-goal percentage allowed and 2-point percentage allowed, with top-10 marks in free-throw attempts allowed and defensive rebound rate. Cleveland has few weaknesses, but the Cavaliers are just No. 27 in the NBA in avoiding turnovers, committing more than 15 per contest.

Why the Cavaliers can cover

Cleveland is excellent on defense, and this is a favorable matchup for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are holding opponents to just 105.1 points per 100 possessions, No. 3 in the NBA, and Cleveland is leading the NBA in free throw attempts allowed at 17.8 per game. The Cavaliers are also allowing only 23.0 assists per game, with Cleveland ranking in the top eight of the NBA in field goal percentage allowed (44.2 percent), three-point percentage allowed (34.1 percent) and fast break points allowed (11.2 per game). 

New York is No. 26 in the NBA in field goal percentage and No. 27 in the NBA in two-point percentage. The Knicks are also second-worst in the NBA in producing assists, and New York ranks below the league average in offensive rating.

How to make Cavaliers vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 206 total points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. Cavs? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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