Preview: New York At Cleveland

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Thursday, February 23, 2017
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
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The Cleveland Cavaliers routinely dominate the New York Knicks and look to make it 10 consecutive wins in the series when the teams meet Thursday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won this season's first three meetings by an average of 22.7 points, including wins by 29 and 32 points.

Cleveland is atop the Eastern Conference standings by three games over the Boston Celtics as play resumes after the All-Star break and is feeling good about repeating as conference champs. "We've stayed the course and understood that everything that happens in this locker room all matters to us and we're completely honest and trust each other," All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving told reporters. "When we're playing at a high level, we're tough to beat." New York dropped five of its last six games and stands four games behind the eighth-place Detroit Pistons in the hunt for the final playoff berth in the East. Rumors persist that the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are hopeful of landing Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony prior to Thursday's trading deadline.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT THE KNICKS (23-34): Anthony knows the team is shopping him around the league but he has a no-trade clause and doesn't expect to be on the move. "I don't think that's something that I'm worried about or thinking about at this time," Anthony said told reporters on Wednesday. "If something is going to happen, it's going to happen. I haven't heard anything as of right now, so that's not something that I'm concerned about." New York is also reportedly shopping point guard Derrick Rose, with one possibility being the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are coached by Tom Thibodeau -- Rose's former coach in Chicago.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (39-16): Cleveland is shopping guard Iman Shumpert and has reportedly targeted feisty Houston guard Patrick Beverley. The Rockets, however, informed the Cavaliers they would prefer to retain Beverley so it is unclear if the teams can find a different way to make the deal work prior to the deadline. Meanwhile, veteran swingman Kyle Korver recently became the seventh player in NBA history to top 2,000 career 3-pointers and is a superb 52-of-101 from 3-point range in 19 games since joining the club.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Cavaliers are 51-of-115 from 3-point range in this season's three victories over the Knicks.

2. New York C Joakim Noah (hamstring) will sit out his sixth consecutive game.

3. Cleveland signed F Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract.

PREDICTION: Cavaliers 119, Knicks 95

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New York 23-34 L1 14-15 9-19 2-5 21-29 3-5 14-19
Cleveland 39-16 W3 24-5 15-11 4-1 35-15 5-5 25-6

Last Meeting

New York Cleveland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/4/17 CLE 111 NY 104 104 42 45.3 111 49 48.8

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NY B. Jennings 23 61.5 1
CLE L. James 32 60.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NY K. Porzingis 8 1 7
CLE K. Love 16 5 11
Assists Player  
NY B. Jennings 10
CLE L. James 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NY C. Anthony 1389 44.3 250
CLE L. James 1385 54.2 253
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NY J. Noah 418 164 254
CLE T. Thompson 547 209 338
Assists Player  
NY B. Jennings 305
CLE L. James 468

Quickchart Matchup

New York  Off vs  Cleveland Def
106.1 Points For
106.0 Points Against
44.8 FG%
45.5 FG%
46.0 Reb
43.8 Reb
Cleveland Off vs  New York Def
111.3 Points For
109.2 Points Against
46.5 FG%
45.3 FG%
43.8 Reb
44.9 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

New York Overall Cleveland
23-34 W/L 39-16
30-27-0 ATS 26-27-2
31-26-0 O/U 32-23-0
106.1 Pts For 111.3
109.2 Pts Against 106.0
New York A/H Cleveland
9-19 W/L 24-5
14-14-0 ATS 15-12-2
15-13-0 O/U 16-13-0
105.5 Pts For 114.1
110.9 Pts Against 103.8