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Knicks home underdogs vs Heat

The Knicks will try to buoy a storm-batttered city on Friday when they play host to the Heat at Madison Square Garden.

But they draw a tough task as the tough task of cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy continues in New York and New Jersey.

The Heat were 6-point road favorites at most sportsbooks heading into Friday action. The last five meetings here in NY have all gone UNDER the total and the Heat hold a 5-1-1 ATS edge in seven recent matchups.

View Miami vs New York Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Knicks as 4.5-point underdogs in this matchup but were quickly bet up to -6 at BetOnline, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 192 (before moving at GTbets.eu).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knicks sit at No. 8 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Heat are at No. 5 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Heat will win this game 70-57.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 24-ranked offense (0 PPG) against a Heat defense that ranks No. 28 at 107 PPG. The Knicks have averaged 0% from the field per game, less than the Heat have managed so far this season (54.4% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 0 points per game when on the road. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in home scoring.

In their last action, Miami was a 120-107 winner at home against the Celtics. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (227) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dwyane Wade went off for 29 points and added 3 rebounds leading Miami over Boston, 120-107, on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a loss are 8-2


A few Heat at Knicks trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 10 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 5 games when playing at home against Miami
New York is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 10 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games

Next up:
Miami home to Denver, Saturday, November 3
New York home to Philadelphia, Sunday, November 4