The 13-4 New York Knicks will travel to face the 12-4 Miami Heat in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Miami is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The current odds in this NBA game have the home team Miami Heat favored by -7 points with an over under line of 202 points. Early money hasn’t moved this spread as Miami is still favored by -7 points. We have seen movement upward by a ½ point to 202 1/2 points.
The Heat and Knicks met once already this season and the Knicks defeat Miami 104-84 as a +6 point home underdog in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. New York jumped out on Miami and had a 33-17 lead after one quarter.
The Knicks head to South Beach on the back end of a back to back with a four game in streak riding. They need a buzzer beating shot to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats last night 100-98 as a -7 ½ point betting favorite. It was the four straight game for the Knicks to eclipse 100 points and the eighth time in their past nine games to eclipse the century mark. The Knicks are doing it on both ends of the court because they are playing good defense this season allowing opponents just 94 points a game. They held their past five opponents to less than 100 points.
Miami was riding a six game win streak when they traveled to a 1-13 Washington Wizards club. The Heat was beaten 105-101 as a -10 point favorite. It was the fourth opponent in their past five games that scored 100 or more points on this Heat team. Like we have said since the season started careful putting your money on this Miami team following a World Title. We have seen teams once they capture their World Title to coast through the regular season and not bring that sense of urgency from seasons past. Also the media gets off their back and forgives them for losses during the regular season as well. There is no pressure right now on Miami like in seasons past.