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Heat Knicks Betting – Knicks Surprise Heat In MSG Showdown

Posted by Craig Parsons on 4/13/2012 5:00:44 PM

Online betting sharps are getting ready for the playoffs, which is right around the corner as the shortened regular season winds to a close and New York is on the edge of the playoff picture. They’ll welcome Miami to town in a star-studded affair in the first game of ABC’s doubleheader, and they’ll take advantage of a slumping Miami club.

What: NBA Betting
When: Sunday, April 15th,1:00 PM ET
Where:Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Pick:New York Knicks
Why Bet On Miami Heat (40-16 SU, 27-29 ATS)

A Thursday night showdown in Chicago begins a stretch of three road games in four overall for the Heat, who host Charlotte on Friday and after the New York game, they’ll head to New Jersey on Monday. But the Heat finished an uneven five-game home stand with a 3-2 record after a 115-107 loss to Boston on Tuesday, and their defense couldn’t slow down the Celtics to shoot a blistering 60.6% from the field. LeBron James had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat, who got down by 10 after the first quarter and had to play catch-up for the rest of the game, which was their second loss in three games at American Airlines Arena after winning 17 in a row on their own floor. This is a strange time of year to hit a snag for the Heat, especially at home, and this is a good chance to snap out of it with a handful of games left in the regular season.

Wade (ankle) is back and the Heat have everyone healthy again, and you can expect the stars to shine at Madison Square Garden, especially James. The NBA betting favorite to win his third Most Valuable Player award, James has averages 27.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 29 games against the Knicks and some of his best performances have come in the famous building; in December 2010 in his first game with the Heat after snubbing the Knicks in free agency, James hit the home team up for 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. A triple-double for James is in play on Sunday, especially on national television.

Why Bet On New York Knicks (30-28 SU, 30-28 ATS)

The Knicks only have to play on Friday at home against Washington to tip off a three-game home stand which also features a meeting with the Celtics on Tuesday, and on Wednesday they won their third game in four outings in a 111-107 victory in Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds, while Tyson Chandler was next with 19 points and 11 boards, but the Knicks also got production out of the bench from Steve Novak (10 points) and J.R. Smith (14 points) as New York had six players in double figures. The Knicks shot 51.3% from the field and outscored the Bucks by eight points at the foul line in a game they really needed to have as Milwaukee is only two points behind New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are also a game behind seventh-place Philadelphia, who have been floundering for the past month and they would love to leapfrog the 76ers to give themselves some breathing room.

The Knicks have been without Jeremy Lin (knee) and Amare Stoudemire (back) and will be for the rest of the season, but Anthony has stepped up and shown why he is arguably the best pure scorer in the league with 28.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last 10 games. It has been a strange season for Anthony as the Knicks started to win when he was hurt due to Lin, then he came back and the team couldn’t buy a basket, which resulted in the firing of Mike D’Antoni. Now Lin and Stoudemire are out and Anthony is doing what he does best. It’s going to be an interesting off season in New York when it comes to making decisions about Anthony and other player personnel.

How It Will Play Out

Miami has only been an NBA betting underdog twice this season, so they’ll probably be the road favorites in this contest with records of 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings with the Knicks, and the last four meetings have come in under the posted total. In New York, the Heat are 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five trips to the Big Apple.

This should be a very entertaining game, and there is plenty of star power on the floor for both teams, but the Knicks are rolling right now and they have a little more motivation as they’re trying to ensure their playoff status. The Heat are three games behind first-place Chicago in the East, but that spot is safe and they’re cruising towards the postseason, and they’ve had their struggles on the road. Take New York for the sports betting upset on Sunday.

Heat Knicks Betting Pick: New York Knicks

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