Knicks vs. Cavaliers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 4 (Cavs Stay Hot From Deep)

Adam Taylor McKillop
Find Knicks vs. Cavaliers predictions, betting odds, moneyline, spread, over/under and more for the December 4 NBA matchup.
Find Knicks vs. Cavaliers predictions, betting odds, moneyline, spread, over/under and more for the December 4 NBA matchup. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Knicks vs. Cavaliers Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York City, New York
  • Coverage: MSG and BSOH

NBA action continues on Sunday with an eight-game slate, including a battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks at MSG in New York, NY. The Cavs have won two straight, including a 107-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Meanwhile, the Knicks have dropped six of their past eight.

Knicks vs. Cavaliers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: CLE: (-148) | NY: (+126)
  • Spread: CLE: -3 (-110) | NY: +3 (-110)
  • Total: 226.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

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The Cavaliers enter this contest as slim road favorites on the moneyline and the spread, per FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds. This 6 p.m. ET clash features an over/under of 226.5 points, which is one of the lowest figures on Sunday's slate.

Knicks vs. Cavaliers Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers went 41-36-5 ATS last season.
  • The Knicks had an ATS record of 16-21 as underdogs of 3 points or more last year.
  • Last season, 37 Cavaliers games went over the point total.
  • In 82 Knicks games last year, 39 of them went over the total.

Knicks vs. Cavaliers Prediction & Pick

Cleveland enters this game as both the better team on paper and by overall talent. They out-rank the Knicks in offensive rating (7th to 12th) and dominate defensive rating (2nd to Knicks' 26th). The Cavaliers will try to slow this game down to a slog, playing the slowest pace in the NBA thus far.

New York can keep things close if they force Cleveland into mistake basketball. The Cavaliers rank 18th in offensive turnovers this year, the main blemish on a fierce offense. Unfortunately, the Knicks don't exactly excel in that phase of the game, forcing their opponents to just 13.9 turnovers per game (21st).

Final Score Prediction: Knicks: 108 | Cavaliers: 118

Knicks vs. Cavaliers Best Bet

Watch out for a barrage of 3-point shooting from the Cavaliers. Cleveland converts on 38.5% of their shots from outside, the third best mark in basketball. The Knicks, on the other hand, allow the most opponent 3-point attempts per game. While they are pretty average as slowing down the makes (15th in opponent 3-point percentage), there will still be shots in droves.

Volume is the key here and I like the idea of Donovan Mitchell, who leads the Cavs with 9.1 shots from deep per game, to take upwards of 10. He shoots at a 43.5% clip, so let's target his props on three-pointers made.

Bet: Donovan Mitchell 5+ Made Threes (+260)

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