Cavs at Knicks Game 3 | Preview and Bold Predictions

April 20, 2023

Andy Billman

MSG Game 3

How do the Cavs get a win in NYC?

Knicks are currently 2-point favorites vs the Cavs in Game 3, over/under at 211 total points.

Game 3 will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 21 on ABC

The Cleveland Cavaliers secured a remarkable victory in Game 2 of their first-round playoff matchup against the New York Knicks. Although the Knicks won the tightly contested Game 1 with a score of 101-97, the Cavaliers turned the tables, big time in Game 2 and controlled the game throughout, sealing a dominating 107-90 win.

The Knicks failed to find their footing on the court, with Jalen Brunson going 5/17 from the field, including 1/8 from the 3-point line, and Julius Randle scoring only 22 points despite his slightly better shooting performance at 8/20. The Knicks shot at a disappointing 36.7%, compared to the Cavaliers’ impressive 49.4% shooting accuracy, leaving the Knicks struggling throughout the game.

As the series now moves back to New York for Game 3, the Cavs will have to bring with them the intensity they showed in Game 2 if they wish to go up 2-1 in this series. With a 1-1 tie in the series, the upcoming Game 3 holds immense significance for both teams, as a win would help them gain a crucial lead and increase their chances of advancing to the next round of the playoffs.

3 Bold Predictions

A good majority of the talking heads on television have the Knicks winning tonight. Vegas is very split on who is going to win, but the Cavs are still predicted to win the overall series.

Cavs fans may not like to hear these predictions, but it’s important to remember that anything can happen in the playoffs and we always Believe In The Land! The Cavs have already shown they can compete with the Knicks, and they will undoubtedly give it their all in Game 3. Nonetheless, the Knicks have the potential to break out and secure a lead in the series, we will have to wait and see how the game unfolds and hope we are wrong.

Mitchell will score 40 plus.

Donovan Mitchell is from the New York City area, he will want to perform in front of friends and family.

Quickley scores 25 points off the bench

Immanuel Quickley is poised for a breakout performance in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs. After a strong regular season, Quickley’s numbers have dipped in the postseason. However, with the return to Madison Square Garden and the support of the home crowd, Quickley is predicted to score 25 points off the bench and regain his shooting form from beyond the arc. Knicks fans eagerly await this breakout performance from Quickley, as he demonstrates his ability to score at all three levels

The Knicks score over 120 points

As a Cavs fan, it may be hard to imagine them allowing the Knicks to score over 120 points in a single game. The Cavs have been known for their defensive prowess all season, ranking in the top 10 in defensive rating. In addition, the Cavs have held the Knicks to under 100 points in both Games 1 and 2, including limiting them to just 90 points in Game 2. It will take a tremendous offensive effort from the Knicks to break through the Cavs’ defense and score over 120 points.

The Knicks win by double digits

The Knicks are going to win Game 3, and they are going to do it by double digits. After a close Game 1 and a lopsided Game 2, the Knicks will come out with a chip on their shoulder in front of their home crowd. They have a well-rounded team with a solid defense and a rising star in Immanuel Quickley.

The Knicks dominate the game from start to finish, with their defense limiting the Cavs’ scoring opportunities and their offense finding multiple ways to put points on the board. The Cavs will put up a fight, but the Knicks will ultimately pull away in the second half to secure the win.

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