Cavaliers vs Knicks Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – NBA Playoffs Game 2

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The New York Knicks (47-35) are looking to pull off an upset as 5.5-point underdogs heading into Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Tuesday, tipping off at 7:30 PM ET on TNT. The Knicks hold a 1-0 lead in the series. A 214.5-point over/under has been installed for this matchup.

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 -238 odds to pick up the win, while the Knicks are listed at +194 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 214.5 points.

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Cavaliers vs. Knicks Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Arena: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Betting Trends

The Cavaliers are 43-38-1 against the spread this year. Cleveland has won 47, or 73.4%, of the 64 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Cavaliers games this year have gone over the point total 40 times in 82 opportunities (48.8%).

The Knicks are 45-35-2 against the spread this year. New York has won 20 of the 41 games it was the moneyline underdog this season (48.8%). The Knicks have hit the over 53.7% of the time this season (44 of 82 games with a set point total).

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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 vs. Knicks Injury Report

Knicks: Isaiah Roby: Out (Ankle), Josh Hart: Doubtful (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland is scoring 112.3 points per game this year (25th-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived on defense, allowing only 106.9 points per game (best). Offensively the Cavaliers have fared better at home this season, posting 113.2 points per game, compared to 111.3 per game away from home. The Cavaliers have been racking up 111.5 points per contest in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little lower than the 112.3 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

Cleveland is making 11.6 treys per game (19th-ranked in NBA) this season, while sporting a 36.7% three-point percentage (11th-ranked). This year, the Cavaliers have taken 62.9% two-pointers, accounting for 72.1% of the team’s buckets. They have shot 37.1% threes (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 league in points scored (116 per game) and 12th in points conceded (113.1). The Knicks are putting up more points at home (117.3 per game) than away (114.8). Over their past 10 games, the Knicks are scoring 119.2 points per game, 3.2 more than their season average (116).

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

Our prediction to win this matchup is the Cavaliers, and we expect that Knicks will cover the spread (Cavaliers -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 214.5 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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