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Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (18-20) at Miami Heat (20-17)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -5 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN

The New York Knicks and Miami Heat meet Friday in NBA action at the American Airlines Arena.

The New York Knicks need a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.8 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost five of their last six road games.

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Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Heat look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 16.7 points and 4.7 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won four of their last six home games.

The Knicks are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 Friday games, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Heat are 5-16-2 ATS in their last 23 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings.

The New York Knicks are being outscored by 8.4 points in their last five games overall and have been awful on the road pretty much all season long. The Miami Heat are slowly starting to string some wins together and have covered five of their last seven games. The Knicks have won the last two meetings against Miami, but the Heat have won six of their last 10 meetings, and usually those victories are ugly blowouts. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Heat at home based on how bad the Knicks are on the road.

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