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Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks Point Spread Pick

Time: 8:00 PM EST Saturday February 1, 2014, ESPN / WathcESPN

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The New York Knicks host the Miami Heat in an Eastern Conference match up.

In their last games: The Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-86 and the Heat lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-95.

In their win over the Cavs Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 58 points and the Knicks were red-hot shooting 56.6% from the field. Their D played well also holding the Cavs to 35.6% shooting.

In their home loss to the Thunder the Heat shot the ball well, but turned the ball over 20 times and they allowed Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka to combine for 55 points.

These 2 teams met in New York on January 9th with the Knicks winning 102-92.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams in New York the total has gone Under every time.

The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Heat.

After a tough stretch the Knicks have won 4 straight.

The Heat are only 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Miami -5.5
Total Line: 202
Money Line: Heat -200 / Knicks +170

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Miami Heat: 32-13 SU 19-26 ATS
New York Knicks: 19-27 SU 20-26 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• MIA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• MIA is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• MIA has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
• NY is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
• NY is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• NY has an Over record of 5-0 in their last 5 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Miami Heat: 94.66
New York Knicks: 87.33

Key Player Injuries

KNICKS
[F] 01/17/2014 – Amar’e Stoudemire out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[C] 01/23/2014 – Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely ( Elbow )
[F] 01/30/2014 – Iman Shumpert “?” Saturday vs. Miami ( Shoulder )
[G] 01/30/2014 – Beno Udrih probable Saturday vs. Miami ( Illness )
[F] 01/31/2014 – Kenyon Martin doubtful Saturday vs. Miami ( Ankle )

HEAT
No injuries to report at this time.

Point Spread Pick:

The Knicks are playing much better now winning 4 straight up and against the spread. The wins weren’t over quality opponents but excluding the Lakers they were of the blowout variety with margins of 29, 26 and 31. That is a sign of a team firing on all cylinders. The threes have been falling for New York and they get to face the 3rd worst defense for points allowed via the long ball. They beat them earlier last month and while we’re not sure they will don’t that again this go around, we do feel that that will be able to keep this game within the 5.5 points.

Take the NY Knicks +5.5

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