New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
The New York Knicks return home looking to get one back against the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Thursday night. The Heat are -5.5 point favorites over the Knicks with an over/under point total set at 186.
Head to head, the Heat are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York, while the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Knicks are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games overall, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog of 5.0-10.5. The Heat on the other hand are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5 and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 playoff games as a favorite, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
The Miami Heat continued their dominance over the New York Knicks on Friday night, cruising to a 104-94 victory to improve to 2-0 in their best of seven series. After their 33 point beat down in Game 1, the Knicks were much more competitive on Monday night, however they never really challenged Miami who dealt them their 12th postseason loss in a row. Not only did they fall two games behind in the series, but they also lost Amare Stoudamire for Game 3 and possibly more after he punched the case around a fire extinguisher after the game and cut his hand on some glass.
With Stoudamire to miss tonight’s game, not many people are giving the Knicks a chance here. However, New York have played much better with Stoudamire out of the lineup, going 9-4 during his recent 13 game absence. The Heat have taken all five meetings against the Knicks this season by eight points or greater and that could very well happen tonight, however lets not forget this is the same Miami team that struggled on the road for most of the season. The Knicks know this is pretty much the series here and with them being back in front of their home crowd, I think they can keep this one close enough.
New York Knicks +5.5 Miami Heat