Tuesday, November 3, 2015
NBA Odds: Cavs Prepare for Improved Knicks
Will this finally be the year LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA title? It's been a good start for the Cavs – they've won three of their first four games SU and ATS. The New York Knicks (2-2 SU and ATS) also have to be pleased with their results so far. These two Eastern foes will meet Wednesday night (8:00 PM ET, ESPN) in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers still aren't at full strength; point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) and shooting guard Iman Shumpert (wrist) aren't expected to make their 2015-16 debuts for at least another month, while shooting guard JR Smith (knee) and new back-up centre Sasha Kaun (imminent fatherhood) are day-to-day. Depth isn't as problematic for Cleveland as it was last year, thanks to a healthy Anderson Varejao at centre and the return of veteran point guard Mo Williams to Ohio.
New York is considerably deeper than last year, as well, thanks to a successful offseason of wheeling and dealing. First-round pick Kristaps Porzingis is already paying dividends at power forward; he and new center Robin Lopez provide defensive balance for small forward Carmelo Anthony, who's off to a strong start with 27.1 points and a career-high 4.5 assists per 36 minutes.
NBA Odds: Rested Knicks Visit LeBron, Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1 SU and ATS) are well on their way to another NBA Finals, but the New York Knicks (2-2 SU and ATS) will have enjoyed an extra day of rest going into Wednesday's meeting at The Q. Tip-off is at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.
The Knicks need every advantage they can get. Cleveland will be missing both point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) and shooting guard Iman Shumpert (wrist), so there's a chance for New York to pull off the upset with its improved lineup, featuring first-round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis at power forward next to swingman Carmelo Anthony.
Both the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1 SU and ATS) and New York Knicks (2-2 SU and ATS) have improved their lineups significantly going into the 2015-16 campaign. They'll meet this Wednesday night at The Q; this is the first game of a doubleheader on ESPN, tipping off at 8:00 PM ET.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-1 SU and ATS) have a date this Wednesday night with the New York Knicks (2-2 SU and ATS), in a battle of two Eastern Conference foes with much deeper rosters than last year. Tip-off is at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.
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