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NBA: Cavaliers vs Knicks Odds, and Picks (Apr 21)

By · April 20, 2023
  • The Cavaliers got a crucial, 107-90, win in Game 2.
  • New York went cold on offense, and needs to heat back up.
  • The Knicks are 4-2 on this season as a whole against Cleveland.

The Cavaliers (52-32) and the Knicks (48-36) face off in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Cleveland bounced back in Game 2 and seized the momentum. New York needs to win at home here.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • When: Friday, April 21, 2023, at 8:30 p.m ET
  • How to Watch: ABC

Odds

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Cavaliers+105+2.0
Knicks-125-2.0

Picks

Cleveland got a crucial win in Game 2 on Tuesday, avoiding falling 2-0, as they head to New York for the next two games. The split in Cleveland may have not been the best-case scenario at the start, but they earned back the momentum in Game 2. They also found a defensive plan that caused major issues for the Knicks, creating a realistic path to a road victory in Game 3, which would reclaim home-court advantage.

The Knicks started Game 2 in a similar fashion to Game 1, but quickly started to fade on offense, getting continuously stifled by Cleveland’s top-ranked defense. They have the advantage of heading home for the next 2 games, with a chance to take advantage of the Cavs’ 20-21 road record, but they need to figure out a brand new game plan to do so. A loss in games 3 or 4 would be catastrophic for the Knicks’ chances.


Picks

The Cavs looked like the better team in Game 2, but the Knicks appeared to be better in Game 1. Did Cleveland figure out the game plan to shut New York down, or did the Knicks just shoot poorly on Tuesday? We should find out in Game 3. While Game 2 was not ideal for the Knicks, they still hold a 4-2 record over the Cavs on the season, and will have the Garden crowd in their favor now. I’ll take New York.

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Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.