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Heat home to Knicks in NBA betting action

New York KnicksMiami Heat
33-44April 06, 2014, 01:00 | AmericanAirlines Arena52-23

Miami will look to improve on its 52-23 record on Sunday when they host New York in NBA odds action at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Knicks will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 34-43 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Heat are 37-37-1 ATS. New York is 43-34 against the total, while Miami is 40-35 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View New York Knicks vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

The Knicks were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 187 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Heat and the No. 17-ranked Knicks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-91 result in favor of the Heat.

New York lost its last outing, a 90-89 result against the Wizards on April 4. The Knicks failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite, while the 179 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Knicks got a terrific 32-point performance from J.R. Smith but Washington handed them a 90-89 defeat on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

In their last action, Miami was a 122-121 loser at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (243) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Heat got a terrific 34-point performance from LeBron James but Minnesota handed them a 122-121 defeat on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knicks rank No. 27 in the league with 40.55 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. 15-ranked team at 8.03 per game, while the Knicks rate No. 6 with 9.22 per contest.

A few Knicks at Heat trends to consider:
New York is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
New York is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 5 games
New York is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
New York at Toronto, Friday, April 11th
Miami home to Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 8th