(31-13, 21-22-1 ATS)
New York Knicks
(23-21, 27-15-2 ATS)
The slumping New York Knicks will look to get back on track in NBA betting action on Thursday night, as they’ll take on the Miami Heat in front of a national TV audience on TNT.
The trip to MSG is never a fun one, but the Heat are clearly going to embrace the situation. They’ve dominated this series, winning seven in a row, and dropping at least 106 points in all but one of those performances. We’ve finally had a real sighting for someone on this team aside from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh! Sure, LeBron went off earlier this week by scoring 38 and pulling down 11 against the Toronto Raptors, but on that same night, Mike Miller scored 32 points and had 10 boards of his own. Bosh is going to be out of the lineup once again in this one, and Wade is dealing with migraine headaches. Though D-Wade missed the Toronto game, there is no way that he is going to be kept out of the fold here in the Big Apple. When Wade and James are on the court together, there is no duo of scorers out there that has a better average for scoring. Both are averaging over 25 points per game, and combined, they’re at 31.0 between them.
The Knicks really looked like title contenders not all that long ago, but they have really fallen off the face of the earth and could be in some trouble going forward. Fortunately, a 115-106 win over the Washington Wizards was just what the doctor ordered to stop a six game slide that dated back to January 11th. As always, the buzzards are swarming over the potential Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks deal that seems to be about as hot and cold as the stock market on a daily basis, and perhaps this is wearing on the team. One man that it clearly is not wearing on is Amare Stoudemire. The big man in the middle is proving that he is worth every single penny that New York paid him in the offseason, as he is averaging an amazing 26.1 points and 9.0 boards per game. The play of Raymond Felton has also been remarkable, as he has had a great transformation this season. Felton is the second leading scorer on the team at 17.5 points per game, and he is dishing out almost nine assists per night to boot, and this is the best form that he has been in since he was a North Carolina Tar Heel.
We know that Stoudemire could go off for a tremendous game at any moment, but that doesn’t mean that he can carry the load against the Heat. As long as Wade is in the fold Stoudemire can do whatever he wants. He can’t stop the rest of the team on the other end of the court.
NBA Free Pick: Miami Heat -3.5