They’ll get started with the second part of the season by taking on the New York Knicks with this Miami vs Knicks game. New York is hoping to make their way into the top ten of the Eastern Conference.
It took quite some time, but the Miami Heat are back at full-strength versus the Knicks. The All-Star break gave them exactly what they needed to get healthy, a week off.
Now, they can finish out the rest of the year with some of their best players, hopefully. Tyler Herro is back in the lineup, which is great news. Frankly, we can’t wait to see the Heat in action on Friday night.
Unfortunately for them, they’re facing the No.1 team in the conference. Both teams have their strengths, so let’s see what it’ll mean for the Heat to be back healthy.
As far as the game itself goes, the Heat are pretty much a lock to win this one. They average 108.92 points per game, ranking 16th in the NBA. Compared to the Knicks’ 27th-ranked offense, 16th is pretty good.
However, you have to take into account that these averages have been altered due to health. With some of their best scorers out, the Heat have taken a dip when it comes to points per game.
Now that everyone has returned, we should see a significant boost in their scoring. Still, the winning factor for Miami is their defense, which ranks fifth in the NBA.
They allow only 104.44 points per game, and the Knicks have one of the worst offenses. This puts the Miami Heat in the best position to get another Eastern Conference win on Friday.
There’s one big question surrounding the New York Knicks on Friday night. RJ Barrett is still listed as questionable for the game, which will impact the Knicks’ performance.
On the Miami side, everyone seems probable to play aside from the players on IR. This means Dedmon, Herro, and Martin will likely be on the court. This is huge for the Heat because they need these players for the final push into the NBA Finals.
If they can go into it healthy, the Heat could be the team that emerges as the Eastern Conference Champions. It all starts with a win over the Knicks on Friday. Now, let’s take a look at the spread for Friday’s game.
The current spread for Miami vs Knicks game isn’t as large as it could be. This is great news for those of you hoping to take the Miami Heat.
The last time these two teams faced off was in late January, and the Heat were -6. They beat the New York Knicks easily, 110-96, and covered the spread.
If you were wondering whether you should take the Heat in this one, it’s not a bad move. Over their last ten games, the Heat are 8-2 against the Knicks.
When it comes to how they’ve performed against the spread, the Heat are 7-3. This game is huge for the Heat to start the final stretch of the season. A win here, on the road, is something that they know they need.