The Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks will each look to gain the upper hand in this series when they face off Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Check out our preview of this Cavs vs Knicks matchup in the 2022-23 NBA Playoffs. There are more basketball previews to read here at TopBet, so feel free to look around and make bets once you’re ready.
Betting Preview for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks NBA Playoffs First Round Game 3 on April 21, 2023
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
When: Friday, April 21, 2023, 8:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 51-31
Behind the offensive onslaught of Darius Garland, the Cavs scored a 107-90 win in Game 2 to tie the series all up at a game apiece. Garland went off for 32 points, while Caris LeVert had 24 as part of Cleveland’s bench. The Cavs also denied the Knicks from dominating the glass, which is another key item on the list for Cleveland heading into Game 3. Over their last 10 games, the Cavs have averaged 110.7 points, 39.4 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 7.0 steals, and 6.4 blocks. So far in the first round, the Cavs are shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc. They are also 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six road games.
Betting on the New York Knicks (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 47-35
The Knicks lost Game 2 but at least they stole a win in Cleveland in Game 1. In other words, they are going home having completed half their mission in the first two games of the series and with the home-court advantage. Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle shot horribly in Game 2, but they can be expected to be better with their accuracy now that it’s New York’s turn to play at home. Over their last 10 games, the Knicks have averaged 116.2 points, 44.6 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 9.6 steals, and 5.2 blocks. They are also 5-2-2 against the spread in their last nine games after a loss of more than 10 points.
The Knicks win, 114-110.
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