Heat vs. Knicks Pick
Will a bet on the host New York Knicks be profitable tonight when they play the Miami Heat at 7:30PM ET?
513 Miami Heat at 514 New York Knicks, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Heat are a 9-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 210 points.
The spread remains at -9 where it opened, while the total has gone up slightly from 209.5. Miami is an 8.5-point favorite at most books, but can also be found at -9. The over-under varies from 209.5 to 210 depending on the sportsbook.
As of Friday afternoon, exactly 50 percent of the public bets have come in on the Heat and the host Knicks. Online wager info also says that 57 percent of the bets are siding with the under.
INJURY TO WATCH
Miami point guard Goran Dragic (ankle), shooting guard Dwyane Wade (wrist) and power forward James Johnson (ankle) are all probable to play tonight. Shooting guard Dion Waiters (ankle) is out for the season. For New York, small forward Michael Beasley (illness) is questionable. Center Enes Kanter (back) is out indefinitely. Small forward Troy Williams (jaw), center Joakim Noah (personal), power forward Kristaps Porzingis (knee) and shooting guard Ron Baker (shoulder) are all out for the season.
The Heat managed to win 115-86 at Atlanta despite the absence of Dragic, Wade and Johnson last game. All three are expected back tonight in an important game against the tanking Knicks. But maybe holding onto the sixth seed isn't really all that important for Miami as dropping to the seventh seed would ensure a first roudn matchup against the depleted Celtics. New York is 18-20 straigt up at home this season, while the Heat are only 17-22 straight up on the road. Go with the Knicks and take the nine points at home.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK KNICKS +9