On the fourth of november the Cleveland Cavaliers and their general LeBron James welcomes the New York Kicks over at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The wine and gold are living up to everyone´s expectations thus far in the start of the season, and the other teams in the NBA should be worried as this is just a slight preview of what´s ahead considering the injuries on key players Irving and Shumpert. The Knicks will really have to prove their worth in this game but the Knicks are currently 2-0 on the road and Carmelo Anthony is looking strong, this opens up a potential underdog up-set which means that there will be value on both sides in this fixture; perfect for our sports betting bankrolls.
The New York Knicks will be coming into this game with 2 victories and 2 defeats in the opening games of the regular season, both of the victories was on the road. Carmelo “Melo” Anthony has been looking to be in good shape thus far, scoring 37 points against the Washington Wizards. Melo scored past the 30 point mark just 8 times last season, however with Arron Afflalo is still injured and Porzingis might rest a quarter or two following his injury versus the Spurs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 1 defeat in the opening games of the regular season. LeBron James seems to have recovered from his back injury nicely and is performing as usual, averaging 22 ppg. Furthermore Kevin Love has put on a good performance averaging 18.5 ppg since his come back from the injury which prevented him from playing in the play-offs. The Cavaliers will be without the trio of Irving, Shumpert and J.R Smith which should be quite a set back for the Cavs. They have however received good support from Thompson and Delladova. This will also be the Cavs first game at home since Le Bron reached the 25.000 bench mark at a NBA record age versus the 76ers.
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The viking´s prediction for this game is a 5-10 point victory for the Cavaliers, both teams will be out some of their key-players but the Cavs are hit the hardest here. But the Cavs also have a more solid foundation on the bench, strong players whom in light of the injuries will have a time to shine and maybe secure some play time down the line. Porzingis neck strain is also a troubling factor for Knicks backers since it means that he might only play for a limited amount of time and not on his best level of play.
The viking believes that we´ve only seen a slight preview of how strong the Cavs really are; winning the title this season looks very doable with a healthy line-up considering the amazing shape of the starters and their strong reserves on the bench.
Other interesting picks for this game are Knicks +9.0 and over 202.0 points (With Melo, Love and Le Bron firing away and with reserves on the defense for both sides, this seems like a very strong play) and Cleveland to win the first half and then the rest of the game (our match-picture for this fixture is that the Cavs come out strong in the first 2 quarters and that the Knicks slowly work their way back to a 4-10 deficit).
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The vikings picks for this game:
Over 202.0 points @ 1.91
Cleveland Cavaliers – New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers @ 1.20
New York Knicks +9.0 points @ 1.91
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