Miami Heat vs New York Knicks betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game. The Miami Heat look to sweep the regular season series against the New York Knicks tonight as the two teams battle for the 3rd and final time at the FTX Arena. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 25.03.2022 at 08:00 PM
- Location: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
Tempers flared in Miami’s last game against the Golden State Warriors as they fell at home by 14-points against a team that rested 2 key players. It was the 2nd game in a row this had happened to the Heat as they also lost to Philadelphia who rested both Embiid and Harden, people are starting to question whether or not this team is worthy of the number 1 seed in the East they currently occupy.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra and star player Jimmy Butler got into it, they had to be separated by other players so that things didn’t get out of control. Tonight is a good opportunity to make amends though as they face a Knicks squad they’ve beaten in 6 games in a row. Miami is also 10-2 SU in 12 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
New York Knicks
New York could be without their best player Julius Randle & Mitchell as they are questionable with quad and back injuries. Nerlens Noel has already been ruled out with a foot problem, which is really good news for Bam Adebayo who will run into far less resistance on the inside in this game.
The Knicks have just 7 wins over their last 20 games, however bettors have been satisfied with them as they’ve gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, including covering in 7 games in a row on the road. The problem with the Knicks is their form against Eastern Conference opponents, they have just 2 wins in their last 12 such games.
The season is pretty much over and they are likely to finish outside the play-in tournament as the Hawks are 5 games ahead of them in the standings.
The Knicks don’t have much to play for here, while Miami is still looking to win games as the Bucks are just 1 game behind them in the standings. They are far more talented at every position, so I think they should have enough to get the job done here.
Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Predictions & Odds
The Miami Heat have been one of the toughest opponents the Knicks have faced over the past couple of seasons. In the last 10 meetings against them they’ve averaged just 99.7 points per game while shooting 42% from the field. And after a couple of games in which they’ve struggled, it’s now time to see that Miami defence on display here. The Heat rank 5th in the NBA in opponent points per game at home allowing just 104.7 a night, while the Knicks score just 106.4 per game on the road this season which ranks in the bottom 10 of the NBA.
If Randle isn’t available to go, I have a hard time seeing them crack the 100 point mark, their totals for the 2 games played against Miami already this season are 96 and 100 points. These teams are ranked 27th and 28th in the NBA when it comes to pace this season averaging just 97.8 and 97.5 possessions per game. With just 212.2 points per game being scored over the 3 most recent meetings I think backing the under is the way to go in tonight’s game as well.