New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat is 9-point favorites over the New York Knicks this evening at home.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 215. Both teams are trying to improve their playoff positioning, with the Knicks currently in sixth place and the Heat battling Boston for the top spot.
New York retooled itself in the offseason with the acquisition of Amare Stoudemire.Â But the Knicks really made headlines with the recent arrival of Carmelo Anthony, giving them a powerful frontcourt duo.Â The Knicks are 29-27 overall and have an outstanding record against the spread of 35-21.Â New York had a three game winning streak snapped on Friday when they lost to Cleveland as 8-point road favorites 115-109.Â The combined 224 points went er the 221-point total. The Knicks have now failed to cover in their past two games.Â Stoudamire led the Knicks with 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony had 27 and eight.Â Point guard Chauncey Billups accounted for 26 and eight assists in the loss.Â The Knicks are 17-6 against the spread in their last 23 road games, while the der is 8-3 in the previous 11 road games.
The Miami Heat are 43-16 overall and 30-29 against the spread. Miami improved its roster dramatically with the addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh this past off-season.Â The Heat is the favorites to win the NBA title with odds of 2 to 1.Â Miami has won four of their last five games.Â On Friday, they beat the Washington Wizards 121-113 as 16-point home favorites. Shooting guard Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 41 points along with five rebounds, while James provided 25, nine and seven assists.Â Bosh accounted for 15 and eight, while point guard Mario Chalmers added 14.Â The combined 234 points soared well above the er of 203.Â The er is 5-3 in the Heats past eight games.Â The Heat has only covered the spread once in their last four games.
Miami had won seven games in a row against New York before losing to the Knicks on January 27th as 3-point road favorites. The combined 181 points never seriously threatened the 213-point closing total.Â The der is 4-1 the past five games in this series.Â I expect the Heat to hammer the Knicks tonight and win by double-digits.Â Im laying the 9-points and taking the Heat to win big.Â I expect a lot of garbage time in this one as the new look Knicks will need time to gel together.
Miami Heat -9 New York Knicks