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(11-9) New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat (7-13)
Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Miami -1
NBA Betting Total: 204
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Tuesday night NBA sees two squads that used to make up one of the league’s most heated rivalries. Nowadays, they’re both trying to sneak into the playoffs.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks hvae a legitimate chance at returning to the postseason this year.
They enter this contest against Miami with a three-game winning streak, and while there’s plenty of time to go before the playoffs begin (we’re barely over a month into the season, after all), it’s clear that the talent on this roster is enough to finish in the top eight out East.
The problem here is that we’ve yet to see how this group plays with adversity in the form of injuries.
Not to be too negative here (okay, we’re going to be negative), but Derrick Rose will likely miss stretches of time before the year comes to a close.
And while Joakim Noah has been more effective off the bench while Kristaps Porzingis starts at the 5, his passing value and basketball IQ will be missed when he inevitably sits as well.
So far on the year, the Knicks are 15th in points per game scored at 104.3 per contest.
On defense, they are 22nd at 106.4 points per game allowed.
The offense in particular is what New York will need to see step up in this one, as the Heat are a defense-first group this season.
Miami enters this game allowing just 98.8 points per contest. That’s good enough for sixth in the league, and it’s the reason this group remains as competitive as it is.
Offensively, this team struggles in the post-Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh era.
Hassan Whiteside has proven to be more versatile than some expected, and there’s plenty of talent in Justise Winslow, Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson.
All that said, the proof needs to be in the numbers.
So far this season, Miami is averaging just 97.1 points per contest.
That’s only good enough for 28th in the Association, and it’s the reason New York won’t have to worry too drastically about its defensive showing Tuesday night.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Knicks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Knicks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Heat are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Heat are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Looking at recent trends, both the Heat and Knicks offer reason for optimism.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: New York ATS
Then again, a one-point spread is a thin margin for Miami. This contest should be close, but don’t be shocked if it ends with a victory straight up for the road team.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New York 99 – Miami 97
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