New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

Playoff basketball is back at Madison Square Garden as the Knicks will host the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round. The Knicks are in the driver’s seat after winning one game on the road and now it’s Cavaliers’ turn to try and steal a game in the Big Apple.

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

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New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers – Game Predictions

Both games in Cleveland were tied and these entire series will be the same. The Knicks are slight favorites at home and have an opportunity to take the lead in the series.

Prediction 1: New York Knicks to Cover the Spread (-2)

The Knicks have grown into a tough team this season and the showed that in the first two games in Cleveland. They are not in the Playoffs just to be here but they will try to win and move forward. This game may be crucial for their Playoff destiny as they have a chance to regain the lead in the series. They performed well at MSG this season and now with the fans being all hyped up about the Playoffs, this will be a hostile environment for the visitors. This will be a tough game just like the previous two, and the Knicks will prevail at the end winning and covering the -2 point spread.

Prediction 2: Julius Randle over 23.5 points

Randle is the key man for the Knicks. The Cavs have Evan Mobley to guard him but Randle is much stronger and more experienced and will lead the Knicks tonight. Randle averaged 25.1 points per game in the regular season and scored 19 and 22 in the previous two games against the Cavs. Now, he will nee to step up which he will eventually do and go over 23.5 points tonight.

Knicks vs Cavaliers Preview – Can the Knicks steal another one on the road?

The Cleveland Cavaliers were the best defensive team in the regular season and the Knicks managed to win the opening game of the series even though they scored only 101 points. New York started the game well and were up front rest of the way. They play tough on both ends of the floor and have a huge chance to put themselves in a great situation before the series moves to Madison Square Garden.

New York Knicks News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

Playoff basketball is back in Madison Square Garden and no visiting team will have a warm welcome. The Knicks stole a game in Cleveland and now will have a chance to take full control in the series. The Knicks are a solid defensive team and playing on low number of points is their tactics for this series.

New York Knicks Injury Report:

Isaiah Roby is lister as day-to-day.

New York Knicks Starting Lineup:

Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett and Quentin Grimes

Cleveland Cavaliers News, Injuries, and Starting Lineups

The Cavaliers lost the home court advantage in the series opener against the Knicks and now will have to make it up for it in the world most famous arena. In the regular season, they played much better at home, so they will have to keep the pace with the Knicks from tip-off.

Cleveland Cavaliers Injury Report:

Dylan Windler is listed as day-to-day.

Cleveland Cavaliers Starting Lineup:

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

Knicks vs Cavaliers Head to Head Record In 2023

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

New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game Details


  • Date & Time: Friday, April 21, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Where to watch in the UK: ABC on TV or fuboTV on a live stream

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