Cavaliers vs Knicks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – NBA Playoffs Game 1

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks take the court to begin the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Cavaliers are 5.5-point favorites for the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN at 6:00 PM ET. The over/under is set as 216.5 points in the outing.

How to bet Cavaliers vs. Knicks

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Cavaliers as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Cavaliers have -217 odds to pick up the win, while the Knicks are listed at +178 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 216.5 points.

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Cavaliers vs. Knicks Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Betting Trends

The Cavaliers have played 82 games, with 43 wins against the spread. Cleveland has been victorious in 47, or 73.4%, of the 64 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Cavaliers games this year have gone over the point total 40 times in 82 opportunities (48.8%).

The Knicks have 45 wins against the spread in 82 games this year. New York has put together a 20-21 record in games it was listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 48.8% of those games). Knicks games this year have hit the over on 44 of 82 set point totals (53.7%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Cavaliers Leaders
Donovan Mitchell 68 28.3 4.3 4.4 1.5 0.4 3.6
Darius Garland 69 21.6 2.7 7.8 1.2 0.1 2.4
Evan Mobley 79 16.2 9 2.8 0.8 1.5 0.3
Jarrett Allen 68 14.3 9.8 1.7 0.8 1.2 0
Caris LeVert 74 12.1 3.8 3.9 1 0.3 1.7


Knicks Leaders
Julius Randle 77 25.1 10 4.1 0.6 0.3 2.8
Jalen Brunson 68 24 3.5 6.2 0.9 0.2 2
RJ Barrett 73 19.6 5 2.8 0.4 0.2 1.7
Immanuel Quickley 81 14.9 4.2 3.4 1 0.2 2.1
Quentin Grimes 71 11.3 3.2 2.1 0.7 0.4 2.2
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Cavaliers: Isaac Okoro: Questionable (Knee), Dylan Windler: Out (Foot)

Knicks: Julius Randle: Questionable (Ankle), Isaiah Roby: Out (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland has been lifted by its defense, as it ranks best in the NBA by allowing just 106.9 points per game. It ranks 25th in the league in points scored (112.3 per contest). When playing at home, the Cavaliers are putting up 1.9 more points per game (113.2) than they are in away games (111.3). The Cavaliers’ offense has been better over their last 10 games, racking up 113.5 points per contest compared to the 112.3 they’ve averaged this season.

Cleveland is making 11.6 treys per game (19th-ranked in league). It owns a 36.7% shooting percentage (11th-ranked) from beyond the arc. This season, the Cavaliers have taken 62.9% two-pointers, accounting for 72.1% of the team’s buckets. They have shot 37.1% from beyond the arc (27.9% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the New York Knicks

New York is 11th in the NBA in points scored (116 per game) and 12th in points conceded (113.1). The Knicks score 117.3 points per game at home, and 114.8 away. The Knicks have fared better offensively in their previous 10 games, averaging 122.5 points per contest, 6.5 more than their season average of 116.

New York is 11th in the league in 3-pointers made (12.6 per game) and 19th in 3-point percentage (35.4%). In 2022-23, the Knicks have attempted 40% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 60% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 30.1% of the Knicks’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 69.9% have been 2-pointers.

Our prediction to win this contest is the Cavaliers, and we project that Knicks will cover the spread (Cavaliers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 216.5 points.

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Austin Harper

Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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