Cavaliers vs. Knicks NBA Playoffs Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 18 (Cavs Bounce Back at Home)

Cavaliers vs. Knicks NBA Playoffs Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 18 (Cavs Bounce Back at Home)


Cavaliers vs. Knicks Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse -- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coverage: TNT

The New York Knicks went into Cleveland and took Game 1 of the series. The two sides now enter a pivotal Game 2 that is essentially a must-win for the Cavaliers, who should dread going down 0-2 before traveling to Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4.

Will Cleveland be able to bounce back and even the series? Or will New York take a commanding 2-0 lead back to the Big Apple with them?

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Odds & Spread

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Cavaliers vs Knicks Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Cavaliers -4.5 -110 -110 212.5 -110 -110 -194 162

Despite their Game 1 win, the Knicks come into Game 2 as 5-point underdogs according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest odds. The game has an over/under of 214 points, which is the lowest of Tuesday's slate.

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Betting Trends

  • The Cavaliers won 41 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover or pushing 41 times.
  • The Knicks' ATS record as underdogs of 4.5 points or greater was 11-16 last season.
  • Cavaliers games hit the over 37 out of 82 times last season.
  • The Knicks had 39 of their 82 games hit the over last year.

Cavaliers vs. Knicks Prediction & Pick

The Knicks face the possibility of their big trade deadline acquisition Josh Hart missing Game 2 with an ankle injury. Even if he does play, it sounds like there could be some limitations. Hart was a huge catalyst in the team's Game 1 win with 17 points and 10 rebounds, so his absence could be a major blow to New York. Cleveland will have its back up against a wall on Tuesday night, fearing the possibility of going to MSG down 2-0.

I think the Cavs will come to play like their season is on the line. While the Knicks won't go quietly, we'll see an even series heading back to New York.

Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers: 111 | Knicks: 108

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Cavaliers vs. Knicks Best Bet

RJ Barrett has been hot or cold all season, and when it comes to shooting from behind the arc, things haven't looked great as of late. He was 1-for-5 from downtown in Game 1, but things could change in Game 2. If Hart is out or limited, it could open up more minutes for Barrett and more opportunities on the perimeter. He averaged 2.5 made threes per game against the Cavaliers during the regular season, and now we can get over 1.5 threes at plus money.

Bet: RJ Barrett Over 1.5 Made Threes (+120)

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