Cavs vs. Knicks: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMarch 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  (L-R) Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak #16, Baron Davis #85, Carmelo Anthony #7 and Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks have no room for error as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on the hallowed ground of Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are desperately fighting to hold on to their playoff position—currently holding the eight and final spot with the Milwaukee Bucks 1.5 games behind—so every game counts. Every basket, every loose ball, every win and every loss matters in a huge way for the Knicks.

The Cavaliers have gone 1-9 in their last 10 games, but all it takes is one game to get back on track. It's one game both teams need, so this will be a huge matchup.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

When: Saturday March 31st at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Watch: NBA TV

Listen: AM 1100 WTAM Cleveland; ESPN New York 1050 AM New York

Stream: NBA.com/leaguepass

Betting Line: New York Knicks -10.5 via bovada.net

 

Key Injuries

Cleveland: Guard Kyrie Irving doubtful (shoulder), guard Daniel Gibson out for season (ankle), forward Andreson Varejao out until mid-April (wrist).

New York: Center Tyson Chandler probable (groin), forward Carmelo Anthony probable (groin), guard Jeremy Lin doubtful (knee), forward Amar'e Stoudemire out until mid-April (back), forward Jared Jeffries out until early April (knee), guard Bill Walker out until early April (elbow).

 

What They're Saying

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 19:  Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on March 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using t
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The big news surrounding the Cavaliers right now is the health of their star rookie point guard Kyrie Irving. Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Irving is listed as questionable, but he feels the team will likely not risk playing him against the Knicks.

Alex Raskin of NJ.com wonders whether or not the Knicks can overcome their plethora of injuries. He then asserts that the health of Baron Davis is actually the key to whether or not the Knicks can win this game, especially with Jeremy Lin dealing with knee problems.

 

Most Important Player to Watch

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this
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Carmelo Anthony has been on a tear as of late, scoring 36, 25 and 28 in the last three games, respectively. He's got the talent to carry this team on his back, but will his groin allow him to do so?

 

Key Matchup

With both starting point guards out, this game is going to come down to a battle of the backups. As Raskin of NJ.com writes, Baron Davis is going to have to play huge for the Knicks. On the other side of the court, backup point guard Donald Sloan will have to do the same.

 

Prediction

I like a win-desperate New York team at home in this matchup.

Knicks 85, Cavaliers 74

 

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