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(28-47) New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat (37-38)
Date: Friday March 31
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena – Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off
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The New York Knicks and Miami Heat used to be one of the NBA’s most heated rivalries.
When you had guys like Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning facing off against Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Larry Johnson and Allan Houston, it was impossible not to get heated whether you were a coach, player or fan watching from home.
Unfortunately, this is 2017 and this rivalry is no more.
That said, there are a couple compelling matchups in this one and a very important playoff narrative as far as the home team is concerned.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks will not be in the playoffs this season. That fact has been assumed for a while now, but it’s officially official with this group being mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
In this contest, Kristaps Porzingis should play a prominent role. His matchup against Hassan Whiteside is one to keep an eye on.
Porzingis and Whiteside are both mobile big men who can run the court well. They’ve both established inside-outside games, but Whiteside is the stronger inside presence while Porzingis is the better outside scorer.
Keep an eye on the injury report ahead of this one, as the Knicks have begun sitting players on random occasions with the tankfest in full session.
The Heat have been without Dion Waiters for the last six contests. They’re 3-3 during that stretch and have been able to maintain the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Entering this game, Miami is averaging 102.8 points per contest. That number is good enough for 22nd in the league.
Defensively, this squad is giving up 101.8 points per night. That number is good enough for fifth in the league.
Keep an eye on how guys like Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson are able to take over this game with Waiters out and against a team that has very little defensive competency from its backcourt.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Knicks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Heat are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Heat are 22-6-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up win.
- Heat are 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
Free New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Recent trends indicate that the Heat should come away with a win ATS Friday night. Unfortunately, the line hasn’t yet been set, so it’s impossible to say just how big of favorites they’ll be.
That said, there’s one recent trend that we can’t ignore, and that’s the Heat spanking the Knicks.
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Miami and New York faced off Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden where the Heat walked away victorious, 105-88.
There’s little reason to believe Friday night’s result should be much different. Don’t expect as wide a margin when the game comes to an end (after all: it’s the team that gets blown out that has more film to use to their benefit)…but this one still has the potential to get ugly.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami Heat 113 – New York Knicks 99
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