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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Predictions and Preview for 4/2/2022

Cleveland Cavaliers takes on New York Knicks on 4/2/2022 at 12:00 PM.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks face off in an important game for both teams. Cleveland Cavaliers has a record of 42-35 this regular season. New York Knicks is 34-43 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Defense Preview




Their defensive efficiency is 109.2, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are not doing enough to stop opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 111.3, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .568 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .534, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .386 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .349 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .762 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 24.2% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

New York Knicks Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 110.9, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

New York Knicks Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 110.4, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .549 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .513, which is terrible. They attempt .427 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .356 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .745 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

They successfully retrieved 25.3% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Roster

The Players to Watch for Cleveland Cavaliers

Evan Mobley 7-0 215 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Darius Garland 6-1 192 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Isaac Okoro 6-5 225 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

Getting to the rim is important to him. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The New York Knicks Roster

The Players to Watch for New York Knicks

Julius Randle 6-8 250 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

RJ Barrett 6-6 214 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Evan Fournier 6-7 205 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cleveland Cavaliers 109 New York Knicks 106

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