The Miami Heat look to avoid dropping their third straight game while visiting the NY Knicks, who have lost eight of their last ten games. The Knicks just won at home over the Orlando Magic, while the Heat lost in Boston to the Celtics. Miami took two of the first three meetings this season, including a 97-78 triumph in New York in Nov. According to the Miami Heat vs NY Knicks 2016 NBA Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Heat are -1.5 point road favs over the Knicks with the total at 198. Here is our Miami Heat vs NY Knicks prediction.
The Heat (32-26, 14-14 V) lost in Boston 89-101. The Heat received solid play from Goran Dragic (21 points) and Hassan Whiteside, who finished two blocks shy of a triple-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. With his fifth block, Whiteside passed legendary Heat center and Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning for second place on the team’s single-season blocks list with 190. Luol Deng also logged a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.
Udonis Haslem (allergic reaction) did not practice, but was available, although he did not play. Haslem said he had an adverse reaction to a substance he put in his hair.
Goran Dragic is averaging 19.8 points in five games since the All-Star break.
The Knicks (25-35, 15-16 H) beat the Orlando Magic 108-95. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points; had 11 rebounds and six assists for his 19th double-double this season. Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points. Center Robin Lopez and guards Arron Afflalo and Jose Calderon scored 14 points apiece.
“Part of us growing as a team is knowing where our scorers are,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said. “Ideally, defenses have to honor all five guys and we really like that.
Jose Calderon is averaging 17 points on 12-of-18 shooting in the last two games.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Heat are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New York.
Under is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings in New York.
Heat are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
Under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings.
The Bottom Line: the Heat will be rejuvenated with Joe Johnson on the court.