KEY FACTS: After being upset at home in Game 1, Cleveland still seeks its first playoff win without LeBron James since 1998. Knicks guard Josh Hart (ankle) is questionable after putting up 17 points and 10 boards in the opener.
TRENDING: The Cavs have lost consecutive home games for just the second time all season but are still 8-2 straight up at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse following a home loss. The Knicks have won their last four games against the Cavaliers by an average of 7.3 points and are 6-2 ATS in their last eight trips to Cleveland.
INSIGHTS: The Cavaliers opened at -4.5 and reached -6 this morning. Clients are also hammering Cleveland on the moneyline (-240), as that has received more tickets than Knicks spread and Knicks moneyline (+190) combined.
TOP PROP:RJ Barrett Under 4.5 Rebounds (-120)
No player prop bet for Knicks-Cavs has drawn more money at PointsBet than this under. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes in Game 1.
KEY FACTS: The Hudson River Rivalry returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. NY goalie Igor Shesterkin will have his glove full. The New Jersey offense sported a +506 shot differential and is led by Jack Hughes (99 points) and Nico Hischier (80 pts).
TRENDING: The Devils went 3-0-1 but three games were decided by one goal. The Devils are one of the league’s best come-from-behind teams. The Rangers are in the top 10 in blown leads.
INSIGHTS: While the moneylines haven’t budged from PointsBet’s openers, the total has dropped a half-goal to 5.5 (over -121/under +100). The over is still getting the majority of the action, 67% of the handle.
PROP PICK:Jesper Bratt (NJ) Over 0.5 Assists (+145)
Bratt has cleared this number in eight of the last 12 games and will be playing on the second line alongside Hughes and Ondrej Palat. He will also be part of a dangerous ☠️ first power-play unit that includes Hughes, Hischier, Meier and Hamilton.
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