Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks - 2/27/14
New York Knicks (21-36) at Miami Heat (40-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be looking to stay hot when they welcome the New York Knicks to town.
The Knicks have lost nine of their last 11 games and will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Mavericks by 110-108 on Monday. Carmelo Anthony carried the Knicks with seven three pointers on his way to a game-high 44 points, but all his hard work came undone in the last second of the game when Dirk Nowitzki drained the game-winning buzzer beater to send the Knicks to 21-36 on the season and 12-19 at home. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse shortly after the game as Raymond Felton was arrested on felony gun charges which means he could possibly face some time in prison, but for now, he is expected to suit up for tonight's game.
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On the other hand, the Heat have won 11 of their last 13 games and will be looking to build on a five-game win streak after cruising past the Bulls by 93-79 on Sunday despite LeBron James sitting out the game with a broken nose. Chris Bosh led the scoring with four three pointers on his way to 28 points while Dwyane Wade stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Interestingly, Greg Oden replaced James in the starting lineup for his first NBA start since December 2009 but played just 13 minutes as he continues to work himself into shape. With the win, Miami improved to 40-14 on the season, just two games behind Indiana for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Heat are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Under is 13-4-1 in the last 18 meetings.
The Knicks are in a shambles so you have to assume that the Heat should be good enough to get the win and cover in this one.