On Tuesday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers will play host to the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs. The Knicks won the opening game 101-97 over the Cavaliers. In the regular season, this was New York’s fourth straight victory over Cleveland.
Despite a late effort by the Cavaliers, New York fought its way to a victory over Cleveland. Due largely to their aggressiveness, the Knicks were able to cover and win despite only shooting 28% from beyond the arc. The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers in the paint 44-40 and outrebounded them 51-38.
As he proceeded to establish himself as the biggest free agent addition of the season, point guard Jalen Brunson dominated in the season opener. Brunson led the winning team with 27 points and once more gave the Cavaliers matchup nightmares. During the regular season, he famously scored 48 points against Cleveland in a late-season matchup. He carried over this performance into game one.
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In game one, Cleveland struggled to develop its attack. The Cavaliers only scored 97 points while making a pitiful 32% of their 3-point attempts. The Knicks were held to just 101 points by the league’s top defense, who played admirably, but their poor offensive performance ultimately sealed their fate.
While the Cavaliers only scored 97 points in the opening game, Donovan Mitchell was not to blame. In the defeat, Cleveland’s top guard tallied 38 points and eight assists. While his shooting percentages of 14/30 and 6/16 weren’t fantastic, they are more indicative of the lack of support he had than of his own shortcomings.
Cleveland must win game two in order to avoid falling behind 0-2 going into the next two games, which will be played in New York. That said, the Knicks appeared to be the superior team in game one, so competition should be fierce.
New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game Information
- Date: 04/18/2023
- Time: 07:30 PM ET
- Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
- How to Watch Knicks vs Cavaliers: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Knicks vs Cavaliers Betting Lines
Cavaliers are –225 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $44.44. On the other side, Knicks are +185 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $185.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Cavaliers at a 69.23% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Knicks have 35.09% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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