New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat - 11/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (8-7) at New York Knicks (4-13)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +3 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, SUN
The New York Knicks look to get on track as they host the Miami Heat on Sunday night from Madison Square Garden.
The Miami Heat are 8-7 to start the year which is good enough to remain in playoff consideration in the less-competitive Eastern conference, but the team has to be concerned about their ability to remain in the hunt if star Dwyane Wade can’t stay healthy. Wade has missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury, but he did participate in full-contact practice this past Friday which could an encouraging sign of his return to action for this game. Chris Bosh has been especially impressive of late, averaging 24.2 points and nine rebounds over his last five games to exceed his season averages thus far. Luol Deng is averaging 14.8 points per game, but he could be heating up after shooting 65% over his last two games while hitting 2-3 from behind the arc in each game. Mario Chalmers is averaging 14.6 points and 4.8 assists per game in a backcourt that could probably use more ball distribution. The Heat have shown the ability to beat the weaker Eastern conference teams without Wade, so they’ll definitely be entering this contest with the mindset that this is a very winnable game.
The New York Knicks are off to an embarrassing 4-13 start with no end to the torture in sight with superstar Carmelo Anthony suffering from back spasms. With Anthony out and Russell Westbrook back in action, the Knicks were lit up by the Thunder in their most recent outing, falling 105-78 in Oklahoma City. None of the Knicks starters reached double figures in the most recent loss, as Amar'e Stoudemire led the team with 20 points off the bench. The Knicks were just 2-19 from three point range and were outrebounded 57-33 in the loss. Luckily the Knicks won’t face a strong rebounding team in this matchup as this game will pit the 30th ranked Heat against the 27th ranked Knicks. On offense, the Knicks will really need to see some output out of J.R. Smith, who is averaging just 9.8 points per game this season. Jose Calderon could also stand to offer some reliable contributions with just nine points per game with just 3.3 assists for a Knicks team that ranks 26th in the league while averaging just 94.2 points per game.
The Knicks probably aren’t quite as bad as they’ve looked this season but with no real home court edge to speak of they’re extremely difficult to back right now as the club just looks lost. If Carmelo turns out to be healthy and suits up I don't recommend playing this game but until that happens I'm on the Heat here.