Heat seek a victory versus the Knicks
The Miami Heat will be looking for another blowout victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night as those teams meet once again in NBA betting action at the online sportsbooks.
Miami bounced New York 106-91 as a 5-point road favorite on the NBA odds when the two teams last met on February 1 at Madison Square Garden. The UNDER has paid out for totals bettors in four of the last six games between the two teams.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Heat are 40-14 so far on the season, and 27-27 ATS vs. the number. The Knicks, meanwhile, are 21-36 and 24-33 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Miami go 31-23 and the Knicks go 33-24 on the totals.
For bettors going with the Heat in this one, they were listed earlier as -11-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 201 for Thursday at shops such as 5Dimes.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Heat at No. 15 and the Knicks at No. 16 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-91 result in favor of the Heat.
The Knicks were a 110-108 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. New York got 44 points from Carmelo Anthony en route to a 110-108 loss at the hands of New York on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
The Heat were a 93-79 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bulls. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (172) made winners of UNDER bettors. Miami got 28 points and 10 rebounds from Chris Bosh en route to a 93-79 victory over Chicago on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knicks rank No. 26 in the league with 40.7 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 30 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 12-ranked team at 8.09 per game, while the Knicks rate No. 7 with 9.11 per contest.
New York home to Golden State, Friday, February 28th
Miami home to Orlando, Saturday, March 1st