Heat tip off at Madison Square Garden
The Miami Heat are just 1-4 ATS in their five most recent games against the New York Knicks as those Eastern Conference clubs meet in NBA betting action on Saturday.
New York knocked off Miami 102-92 as an 8-point home underdog on the NBA odds when the teams met for the first time this season on January 9.
Overall the Heat are sitting at 5-5 SU but just 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Knicks.
The Heat will try to spoil the party on Saturday; they are 20-25 ATS against the number this season, while the Knicks are 20-26 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Miami is 28-17 on the totals; New York is 26-20.
The visitors opened this morning as -5.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 202 at BetOnline and other shops.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Knicks rated this week at No. 18 and the Heat sitting at No. 15. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 97-91 result in favor of the Heat today.
The Heat were a 112-95 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (207) made winners of OVER bettors. The Heat got a terrific 34-point performance from LeBron James but Oklahoma City handed them a 112-95 defeat on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 22-ranked offense (97.02 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 10 at 98.89 PPG. The Knicks have averaged 44.18% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (50.93% on average).
Miami home to Detroit, Monday, February 3rd
New York at Milwaukee, Monday, February 3rd