Basketball betting hopes were high that Carmelo Anthony would turn around the Knicks online basketball betting fortunes but so far the superstar has struggled with his new team.
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New York had a record of 35-37 straight up and 40-30-2 with the NBA odds. The Knicks have played worse rather than better since Anthony arrived and got the money in just 1 out of 9 games from March 10 through March 25. New York was an inconsistent team at home with just 17 payouts in 36 games and went over the total in 20 games as a host.
The Knicks ranked 2nd in the NBA for scoring offense but were a poor 26th in the league for points allowed on defense. Amare Stoudemire led the Knicks with 25.8 points per game and was also the top rebounder on the team with 8.4 per outing.
The Knicks recently announced big ticket price increases for next season that coincided with their current slump and that has New York up in arms with the Dolan ownership that has been a train wreck since taking over Madison Square Garden.
Cleveland was 14-57 straight up ad 29-40-2 with the NBA betting line. The Cavaliers were 15-19-1 against the spread on the road and went over the total in 21 of 35 away games. JJ Hickson led Cleveland in scoring with just 13 points per game.
Cleveland has paid out in their last 4 consecutive games against the Knicks with the series going over the total in the last 5 consecutive matchups. Cleveland has paid out in 4 of their last 5 visits to Madison Square Garden with 6 of the last 7 games in this series at New York going over the total.
New York was a +2500 choice at Sports-Gambling to win the 2011 NBA championship while Cleveland was a +65000 basketball betting long shot for the NBA title this season.