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Knicks vs. Heat - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat (22-30) at New York Knicks (10-43)

NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, MSG

The Miami Heat and New York Knicks square off Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Miami Heat have lost six of their last eight games and hope to remain in the playoff convo. On the season, the Heat are averaging 92.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 96.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.4 points and 5.4 assists while Chris Bosh is averaging 21.1 points and seven rebounds. Luol Deng is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are allowing 49.1 percent shooting from the field in their last five games and have lost 20 straight games when allowing 100-plus points. The good news for the Heat is that they’re as healthy as they’ve been all season. James Ennis is questionable with a knee injury.

Knicks vs. Heat - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks have lost five straight games and are on track for the top overall pick. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 92.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Langston Galloway is averaging 11.1 points and three assists while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 11.1 points and two rebounds. Jose Calderon is dishing 4.6 assists and Quincy Acy is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The New York Knicks are likely going to be even worse now that Amar'e Stoudemire was released and Carmelo Anthony was shut down for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Knicks are shooting just 41.1 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored 97 or less points in seven straight games.

The Heat are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Heat are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

Even without Bosh and Dragic on the court, the Heat still have more of an NBA roster than the Knicks. Take Miami and the chalk. 

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Miami Heat -5.5

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