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NBA Playoffs Preview: Rd 1 Knicks & Cavaliers Collide

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First round action between the #4 seed Cleveland Cavaliers with a record of 51-31 against the #5 seed New York Knicks with a record of 47-35. This is not the first time they faced off in the playoffs. The last time they faced each other in the playoffs was in the 1995-1996 NBA season and The Knicks won the series 3-0.

Knicks and Cavs Season Series Results

 The Knicks owned the Cavs sweeping the regular season matchups 4-0. The average points for all four games for the New York Knicks was 108.7 . As for the Cleveland Cavaliers their average points in the four games was 105.2. The two teams had one close game in the regular season on January 24th of 2023 and the score was 105 for the Knicks and 103 for the Cavaliers. 

Key Stats: The Cavaliers ranked 5th in the NBA in points per game at 104.5, 7th in rebounds per game 38.0, ranked 2nd in assists per game at 24.5. As for the New York Knicks they are ranked 11th in the NBA in points per game at 116.0, 3rd in rebounds per game at 46.6, 28th overall in assists per game with 22.9.

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Key players for the Knicks: Julius Randle played 77 games averaging 25.1 points per game and shooting a 75.7% free throw percentage. Jalen Brunson played 68 games and averaged 24.0 points per game. The Knicks key rebounders are Julius Randle with a total of 10 per game. Mitchell Robinson is another player who can rebound for the Knicks he is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. 

For the Cleveland Cavaliers some of their star players are as follows: for points we have Donovan Mitchell who played 68 games and averaged 28.3 points per game. Another good scorer for the Cavaliers is Darius Garland who played 69 games and averaged 21.6 points per game. They have three great rebounders, Jarrett Allen in 68 games averaged 9.8 rebounds per game. The second player is Evan Mobleyin in 79 games he averages 9.0 rebounds per game.

We checked Draftkings to look at the series. They think the  Series will be Exact Games: 6 Games (+215). As for the series correct score it is Series Correct Score: Cavaliers 4-2 (+475). For the last odds it’s for series total length and they say Series Total Length Under 5.5 Games (+145). All these odds are from Draft Kings as of 4/14/2023 at 12:12am PST. 

Overall this series will be interesting to see will the Knicks pull another sweep on the Cavaliers or will the Cavaliers make this a challenge for the Knicks. We have two talented teams here and they have some playoff history against each other.  The Knicks 8-1 versus the Cavaliers in the playoffs. 

Game 1 tips off at 6pm EST. on Saturday

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