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New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview | NBA Playoffs First Round Game 2 April 18, 2023

New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview | NBA Playoffs First Round Game 2 April 18, 2023

The New York Knicks will go for win No. 2 and a 2-0 series lead when they and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet this Tuesday. Will the Cavs respond with a win to tie it all up? Check out our preview of this Knicks vs Cavs 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.

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Betting Preview for the New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Playoffs First Round Game 2 on April 18, 2023

Where: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 7:30 PM ET

Line: New York Knicks (+5.0) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (-5.0) – view all 2020-21 NBA lines

TV Broadcast: TNT


Betting on the New York Knicks (+5.0)

Regular Season Record: 47-35

The Knicks found a way to overcome their homecourt disadvantage in Game 1 to score a 101-97 win against Cleveland. Jalen Brunson was money in the series opener for the Knicks, as he scored 27 points, while Josh Hart showed up as well, with the Knicks’ trade deadline acquisition coming up with 17 points off the bench. Over their last 10 games, the Knicks have averaged 119.2 points, 45.2 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 8.9 steals, and 5.2 blocks, while also limiting opponents to only 115.0 points in that same stretch. The Knicks are 21-7 against the spread in their last 27 Tuesday games. Moreover, the Knicks have covered the spread in six of their last eight games in Cleveland.

Betting on the Cleveland Cavaliers (-5.0)

Regular Season Record: 51-31

There’s no reason to panic for the Cavs, as they still have a game to be played at home and try to tie the series up before going to New York. Donovan Mitchell might still be hot after going off for 38 points in Game 1, but the likes of Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro have to do more after those two combined for just 14 points in the series opener. Over their last 10 games, the Cavaliers have averaged 111.5 points, 38.5 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 6.6 steals, and 6.0 blocks, while also limiting opponents to only 108.3 points in that same stretch. The Cavs are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last 4 Tuesday games.

Writer’s Prediction

The Cavs win, 110-103.

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