Knicks vs Cavaliers Prediction - NBA Picks 4/15/23

Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) vs New York Knicks (47-35)

Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 6:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Saturday in Game 1 of the NBA East First Round Playoffs at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The New York Knicks are averaging 116 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 113.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 25.1 points and 10 rebounds, while Jalen Brunson is averaging 24 points and 3.5 rebounds. RJ Barrett is the third double-digit scorer and Immanuel Quickley is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 112.3 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.3 points and 4.4 assists, while Darius Garland is averaging 21.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Evan Mobley is the third double-digit scorer and Jarrett Allen is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game.

The Knicks are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Cavaliers last 7 overall. The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Cleveland and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the better team and have smoked clubs at home this season, so a blowout win would surprise nobody. However, the New York Knicks have won 3 of the 4 meetings against the Cavs this year, and they're 26-14-1 ATS on the road. The Knicks lose as underdogs by an average of 1 point, and they win on the road by an average of 1.6 points. The Knicks are a rough rider team that doesn't go down easily and should be confident given their success against the Cavs this season. Give me the points.

Randy’s Pick New York Knicks +5.5

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