New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat Preview
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, FL
When: Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
Line: New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat – view all NBA lines
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Betting on the New York Knicks (28-47)
The New York Knicks are packing their bags once again. Wednesday’s 105-88 loss to Miami eliminated New York from playoff contention for the fourth consecutive season. It has been a depressing fall from grace for the Knicks who have won one playoff series dating back to 2000-01 season. During that span, New York has won just 41.8 percent of its games, a record that is the third worst in the NBA. Only the Hornets and Wolves have been worse.
So who’s to blame for the Knicks’ latest fiasco? Scottie Pippen says it should be his former coach Phil Jackson. His feud with Carmelo Anthony mid-season didn’t help the Knicks to say the least. Superstar Kristaps Porzingis surmised that the Knicks didn’t do it the right way from the beginning. One thing that’s certain for the Knicks is that they need to make changes fast if they are to turn this beleaguered ballclub around. The Knicks, who have lost nine of their last 11 games, are just 114-207 over the last four seasons.
The Knicks are 0-7 SU and 3-4 ATS in their last seven road games.
Betting on the Miami Heat (37-38)
The Knicks may be falling fast but the same can’t be said about the Miami Heat. With a victory against New York on Friday, the Heat would become the first team in the NBA to reach an even slate after a start that led them to 19 games below .500. The Heat have been scorching since the halfway point of the season, winning 26 of their last 34 games.
For the Heat to record back-to-back wins against the Knicks, they will need to get another huge performance from Goran Dragic. The Slovenian nearly picked up a triple-double against New York on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Dragic has been a vital cog in Miami’s success this season, leading the team not only in scoring (20.1 PPG) but also in assists (5.9 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG) as well.
Dragic and the rest of the Heat will be licking their chops at the prospect of facing a Knicks side that is seventh-worst in the NBA in scoring defense, allowing a whopping 108.4 points per game this season. They wreaked havoc against that New York D on Wednesday, shooting 47.6 percent from the field with five Miami players scoring in double-figures. The Heat were particularly lethal from beyond the arc with Miami nailing 12 of its 25 3-point attempts against New York.
The Heat are 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10 home games.
Miami wins and covers.
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