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Heat take on Knicks in hoops contest

Miami HeatNew York Knicks
April 15, 1:00 PM | Madison Square Garden

Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Odds

41-17TEAM RECORD31-28

Madison Square Garden features an NBA battle between the host New York Knicks and the visiting Miami Heat in betting action on Sunday.

This season the Knicks are 31-28 overall and 31-28 ATS against the number, while the Heat are 41-17 and 28-30 ATS. As for the totals, New York is 23-36 on the OU, and Miami is 24-32-2.

View Miami vs New York Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Knicks installed as 3-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 190.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 8-rated Knicks and the No. 3-rated Heat in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 103-99 win for the Heat on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 97.4 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 6 at 93.5 PPG. The Knicks field goal percentage has averaged 43.9% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.1 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.

Miami won its last outing, a 105-82 result against the Bobcats on April 13. The Heat covered in that game as a 16.5-point favorite, while the 187 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The battle between the Heat and Bobcats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Charlotte was handed a 105-82 defeat on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In their last action, New York was a 103-65 winner at home against the Wizards. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (168) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The battle between the Knicks and Wizards didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Washington was handed a 103-65 defeat on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Charlotte are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Heat at Knicks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing New York
Miami is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games on the road
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing Miami
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Miami at New Jersey, Monday, April 16
New York home to Boston, Tuesday, April 17

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