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NBA Betting Saturday Preview - Knicks vs. Cavaliers

Written by Gaby Varji   
Friday, 05 February 2010 20:14

NBA Betting OddsSuper Bowl Sunday is now only two days away and everyone is weighing in on the Super Bowl odds and their NFL picks. With all the buzz surrounding the big game it may be easy to overlook some intriguing matchups in the NBA. This Saturday the New York Knicks travel to Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers. 

New York Knicks: (19-29, 10th in Eastern Conference) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (40-11, 1st in Eastern Conference)

Bookmaker Reviews

Spread: Cavaliers -11

Over/Under: 201

Money Line: Cavaliers -560, Knicks +420

Key Storylines

Bronze Medal: Cavaliers lack of shooters against Knicks fast paced offense

  • The Cavs are the best team in the Eastern Conference but right now they are without starting guards Mo Williams and Delonte West. G Anthony Parker has not played well this season and PG Daniel “Boobie” Gibson showed up in the second quarter to the arena against the Heat on Thursday night. His fiancé was in early labor and it is unsure if Gibson will be available for similar reasons for this contest. The Cavs struggled shooting the ball in the first half of the game, but took over when Gibson came back in the second half. The Cavs may be down too many players to deal with PG Nate Robinson and SG Wilson Chandler is a mismatch against Parker.

    Advantage: Knicks

Silver Medal: David Lee vs. Anderson Varaejo

  • David Lee is the best player on the Knicks. He has been a double-double machine over the last two seasons and has added a consistent jump shot from 17-20 feet out. Lee has also bulked up this year which is has markedly improved his under the basket play. Anderson Varaejo has become one of the best defensive players in the NBA and will give Lee a bunch of trouble. The improved play of backup PF J.J. Hickson also will be problematic for the undersized Knicks big man.

    Advantage: Even

Gold Medal: LeBron James is playing

  • LeBron has become the most dominant player in the game today. His defensive abilities may now match his offensive abilities as LeBron has made some highlight blocks against some of the league’s best players. The King is averaging 29.4 PPG, 8.2 APG, 7.1 RPG with 1.53 steals and over one block a game. He plays lockdown defense on the opponent’s best player and can guard all five positions if asked. LeBron is coming off two straight victories against rival Dwayne Wade’s Heat both in which James blanketed Wade and came out the clear victor. The Knicks have no one that can compare to James in skill, athleticism or basketball IQ.

    Advantage: Cavaliers

Prediction: The Knicks do not have much in the talent department as this team is counting down the days until they have a chance to offer LeBron James the biggest contract they can. The Cavs should be able to handle the Knicks at home, however beware of the spread with the lack of three-point shooting available for the Cavs as the Knicks can shoot the lights out at times.

Final: Cavs 108- Knicks 99. Take Cavs Money Line and the Over.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2010 20:19
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