Cavaliers vs Knicks 2023 Playoffs Preview (Odds, Season Series and All-Time History)

Cavaliers vs Knicks 2023 NBA Playoffs preview, including odds, season series and all-time postseason history.
Cavaliers vs Knicks 2023 NBA Playoffs preview, including odds, season series and all-time postseason history. / AP Photo/Ron Schwane

The 2023 NBA Playoffs are here, and there are several exciting matchups to look forward to. One series fans have circled is the 4-seed Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the 5-seed New York Knicks in the first round.

These two sides have plenty of history together. Here's everything you need to know before they square off this postseason.

Cavaliers vs Knicks All-Time Playoff History

The Cavaliers and Knicks have played nine playoff games against each other before the 2023 postseason. New York owns the all-time lead in this matchup, going 8-1 across their three previous series.

The Knicks and Cavaliers first collided in the first round of the 1978 playoffs, resulting in a 2-0 win for the former. They clashed again in Round 1 in 1995 only for New York to win again, this time by a 3-1 series effort.

Fans on both sides didn't have to wait longer for a third opening-round matchup between the two foes. The Knicks eliminated the Cavaliers from the 1996 postseason with a 3-0 sweep.




April 12, 1978

New York

Knicks win 132-114

April 14, 1978


Knicks win 109-107 (NYK wins series 2-0)

April 27, 1995

New York

Knicks win 103-79

April 29, 1995

New York

Cavaliers win 90-84

May 1, 1995


Knicks win 83-81

May 4, 1995


Knicks win 93-80 (NYK wins series 3-1)

April 25, 1996


Knicks win 106-83

April 27, 1996


Knicks win 84-80

May 1, 1996

New York

Knicks win 81-76 (NYK wins series 3-0)

Cavaliers-Knicks Season Series 2023

As Eastern Conference foes, the Cavaliers and Knicks faced off four times against each other during the 2022-23 campaign. New York got the better of Cleveland this time around, winning the season series 3-1.

The Cavaliers started things off on a good note, picking up a 121-108 win at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Oct. 30. Unfortunately, it went downhill after that. The Knicks scored a 92-81 victory on Dec. 4 before winning again, 105-103, on Jan. 24. Both of those victories came at Madison Square Garden.

The two sides met for a fourth and final time on March 31, ending in a 130-116 win for the Knicks. Jalen Brunson led the charge in that game, tallying a career-high 48 points while throwing in nine assists for good measure.




Oct. 30, 2022

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (Cleveland)

Cavaliers win 121-108

Dec. 4, 2022

Madison Square Garden (New York)

Knicks win 92-81

Jan. 24, 2023

Madison Square Garden (New York)

Knicks win 105-103

March 31, 2023

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse (Cleveland)

Knicks win 130-116

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Cavaliers vs Knicks Odds and Prediction for 2023 Playoff Series

Even though the Knicks won the season series, the Cavaliers are favored to win the playoff matchup, per FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds. Cleveland sits at -215 odds to win the series while New York enters as the +176 underdog. A seven-game series is the most likely scenario at +190.

The Cavaliers took a major step this year with the addition of Donovon Mitchell in the offseason. The four-time NBA All-Star lived up to his potential, averaging 28.3 PPG on the best shooting splits of his career (.484/.386/.867). That's not even to mention Cleveland's other key contributors like Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland, who all had respectable seasons.

The Knicks also boast some notable talent. Jalen Brunson averaged career-highs in both points (24.0) and assists (6.2) in his first campaign with New York. Julius Randle also returned to his all-star form by averaging a slash line of 25.1 PTS/ 10.0 REB/4.1 AST.

It's hard to go against oddsmakers because this is a series that could realistically go the distance. The Knicks have the regular-season edge, but the Cavaliers are a big, deep team that's built for the postseason. A seven-game series (+190) seems like the right call.

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