The race for the most ping-pong balls in the NBA Draft lottery is on and the visiting New York Knicks have a slight edge. The Knicks (10-45) have the league’s worst record, while the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-45) are in the running with the NBA‘s third-worst mark. The teams meet Monday at 7 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena. The Knicks have floundered since their last win on Jan. 4, a 119-112 victory against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Since then, New York has lost 16 in a row. The Cavaliers have fared slightly better, losing four straight and going 3-22 since Dec. 19. The Cavaliers are 1.5-point favorites in the latest Knicks vs. Cavaliers odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 210.5. Before making any Knicks vs. Cavaliers picks of your own, you need to check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks this season. It entered Week 17 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 200-146 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 17 on a blistering 35-19 run. Anybody following it is way up. 

Now the model has dialed in on Knicks vs. Cavaliers. We can tell you it is leaning under, but it has also locked in an against-the-spread pick that cashes in nearly 60 percent of simulations. That one is available exclusively at SportsLine. 

The model knows the Cavs have already beaten the Knicks once this season, a 113-106 triumph on Dec. 12 in Cleveland. Guard Jordan Clarkson leads the Cavaliers in scoring, averaging 16.8 points. He has scored at least 18 in five of the past six games, including 28 in a win over Washington on Jan. 29. He had 28 points in the first meeting with New York. 

Rookie point guard Collin Sexton is averaging 14.8 points and scored 19 in the earlier meeting. Sexton has played well the past 10 games, exceeding his average five times, including his past three outings. Against Washington, he poured in 27. 

But just because Cleveland beat New York once already this season doesn’t guarantee it’ll cover the Cavs vs. Knicks spread on Monday.

Despite their struggles, the Knicks have won two of the past three meetings in Cleveland and lead the overall series 111-96. The Knicks are reaping some rewards from their recent trade of Kristaps Porzingis and three other players to Dallas. In four games since being acquired from the Mavericks, guard Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 19.3 points. He scored 31 at Detroit on Feb. 8 and 25 against the Pistons on Feb. 5 in New York. 

Center DeAndre Jordan is averaging 11 points and 13.6 rebounds in four games since the trade, including 18 boards against the Raptors on Saturday. Among the trends favoring the Knicks include Cleveland’s 1-3 record against the spread as a home favorite.

Who wins Knicks vs. Cavaliers? And which side of the spread can you bank on in nearly 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Knicks vs. Cavaliers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.



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