Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Game 5 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

The New York Knicks proved that they are ready not just to make the Playoffs but to be a real contender in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks won both games in Madison Square Garden to take a 3-1 lead and now it is Cavs’ turn to respond as the series moves back to Cleveland for Game 5.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks – Game Predictions

This is a must-win game for the Cleveland Cavaliers who came into this series as favorites but now will have to win three straight games to advance.

Prediction 1: Cleveland Cavaliers to Cover the Spread (-5.5)

The Cavaliers had a solid season and it seemed like they are favorites to defeat the Knicks. After failing short in both games on the road, the Cavs are back at home and will stay in the series with a win tonight. They will have control of the scoreboard early in the game, something they didn’t do in the previous two games. Donovan Mitchell will step up and prove that he is the best player in this series. it will be a tough game as usual but this time, the Cavs will pick up their shooting percentage and win this one comfortably covering the -5.5 point spread.

Prediction 2: Caris LeVert over 13.5 points

Caris LeVert averaged 12.1 points per game in the regular season and is at 14.5 in the series against the Knicks. He scored just 3 points in the season opener but then went on to drop 24, 17 and 14 in the next three games. LeVert is the key man off the bench for the Cavaliers and he may get more playing time tonight as usual. The Cavs need some outside scoring that will come not just from Donovan Mitchell and LeVert will be that man tonight going over 13.5 points.

Cavaliers vs Knicks Preview – Can the Cavs get back in the series?

The Cleveland Cavaliers were the best defensive team in the regular season when it comes to points allowed per game. They were solid on the defensive end in the series but the lack of efficiency has put them in a situation to be down by 3-1. The Cavs were pretty good at home during the regular season with a 31-10 record in Cleveland and are favorites to win tonight.

Cleveland Cavaliers News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Cavaliers lost the home-court advantage in the series opener against the Knicks and are now back in Cleveland with their back against the wall. The Knicks proved to be areal tough opponent and the Cavs will have to play their best game in order to stay alive in the series.

Cleveland Cavaliers Injury Report:

Dylan Windler is out for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland Cavaliers Starting Lineup:

Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen

New York Knicks News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The New York Knicks have brought NBA Playoff basketball to the Big Apple. They have been playing great so far in the series and have a chance to advance to the second round of the Playoffs only for the second time in the last two decades.

New York Knicks Injury Report:

Isaiah Roby is out for the Knicks while Quinton Grimes and Jericho Sims are listed as day-to-day.

New York Knicks Starting Lineup:

Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett and Josh Hart

Cavaliers vs Knicks Head to Head Record In 2023

The Knicks won the regular season series against the Cavs by 3-1.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Game Details


  • Date & Time: Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
  • Where to watch in the UK: NBA TV on TV or fuboTV on a live stream

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Marko Mitevski

Marko is a former athlete who meanwhile got his law degree. He has followed basketball since the ‘90s and is very familiar with all levels of the game, from the NBA, and the NCAA, all down to European leagues and international competitions.