After reeling off back-to-back wins against the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic, the Knicks (5-14) suffered one of the most lopsided losses in franchise history to the Boston Celtics.
The Cavaliers (7-13) lost all three contests to the Knicks last season, which was the first time since the 1993-94 season. But Cleveland has won three of its last four games against the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls. All three of those victories came at home, too.
This season both teams are posting similar numbers. The Knicks averaged two more points per game (94 ppg) and the Cavs allow about two more points (100 ppg).
Projected starters (NY): Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Kenyon Martin., Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani
Projected starters (CLE): Kyrie Irving, C.J. Miles, Tristan Thompson, Alonzo Gee, Andrew Bynum
Notes: Martin (ankle) will be a game-time decision, and if he cannot go Metta World Peace will start in his place.
Update: Martin is out; Metta is in.