New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat Pick
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8 p.m. (ET)
NBA Betting Odds From VietBet
Pointspread: Heat -7.5
Total Line: 196.5
The New York Knicks continue to battle it out with Indiana for the No.2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a little over two weeks left in the regular season. Despite the fact that New York has reeled off eight-straight wins, it still trails the Pacers by a half game with an overall record of 46-26. It is 38-32-1 against the spread this season and 7-1 ATS during this recent run. The Knicks are 19-16 straight-up (17-16-2 ATS) on the road and the total has gone OVER in five of its last seven games overall.
New York hopes to have Tyson Chandler back for this game after missing the last four with a neck injury but Andre Stoudemire will be out indefinitely after undergoing minor knee surgery at the end of March. This only adds more pressure to Carmelo Anthony’s ability to carry this team into the playoffs. He is averaging 27.5 points as part of the Knicks season average of 99.4 points a game which is ranked 11th in the NBA. Defensively, they are ranked eighth in points allowed (95.7)
The Miami Heat started a new winning streak with back-to-back road victories over New Orleans and San Antonio. This team has been so good lately that this past Sunday it beat the Spurs 88-86 as a 1.5-point underdog with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers out of the line-up. All three are still listed as questionable, but it is safe to say that James and Wade will both be back for this contest.
While Miami is an amazing 29-1 SU in its last 30 games it is currently on a profitable 4-1 run ATS in its last five games. Overall this season, the Heat are 58-15 SU and 39-34 ATS. They have won 32 of their 35 games at home this season but are barely over .500 ATS at 18-17. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six home games.
The Knicks need this game much more than Miami does and the return of Chandler could add a huge boost to their chances to keep things close. The Heat are not about to lose in front of the home-town crowd after playing nine of their last 11 games on the road, but an inspired New York effort will keep them from covering the 7.5 points.
Miami 105 New York 99
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