TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST
#558 NEW YORK (-2) over Cleveland at 8:30 PM EST
The Boys from the Big Apple are locked into a pair of NBA Playoff situations that hold lucrative marks of 68-38 ATS and 47-29 ATS and they’ll take control of this series with a comfortable win and cover over the visiting Cavaliers. Cleveland’s last two trips to New York resulted in a pair of SU and ATS losses and head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and his boys will fall hard in this situation once again.
With the series tied 1-1 and off that 17-point loss to the Cavs on the road, the Knicks will respond with a beating of their own. Since 1991, round one game three home teams that hit the hardwood without momentum off a SU and ATS loss hold a reliable 26-15 ATS tally provided the series is tied (1-1). If our “play on” side is priced as a favorite of -2 or more, this postseason situation improves to a rewarding 17-4 SU and 16-5 ATS including an outstanding 11-2 SU and ATS provided this is a non-division contest. Also, when rolling with same season revenge and off a blowout loss of 15 points or more, New York owns a profitable 63-34-3 ATS record provided their opponent arrives off the comforts of a home game.
Owning a 4-11 SU and 6-8-1 ATS record in its last 15 games, Cleveland really hasn’t performed well as a playoff guest. To make matters worse, NBA Playoff road underdogs priced at +1.5 or more that own the No. 4 seed hold a soft 10-40 SU and 19-29-2 ATS mark provided they take the floor with confidence off a SU and ATS win and are matched up against the No. 5 seed. If our “play against” side ran in the comforts of home last, this situation crashes to a rough 8-29 SU and 13-23-1 ATS. That spells trouble for the Cavaliers.
Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is one of the best in the business and he will have his troops ready to bounce back off that ugly 17-point defeat in game two. Take New York. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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