Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, the Miami Heat and New York Knicks will pick up their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. The start of Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT). Here, along with our expert NBA selections and predictions, we assess the odds for the Heat vs. Knicks game at YouWager.lv Sportsbook.
With a 108-101 victory in Game 1 on the road to take home-court advantage, the Heat has a 1-0 series lead.
Miami has cashed the Over at a 5-1 clip in the last six games and has won and covered 4 straight games as an underdog. In Game 1, the Heat shot 42% (36-for-85) from the field while making 33% (13-for-39) of their attempts from beyond the arc.
F With 26 points and 11 rebounds in Game 1, Jimmy Butler set the tone and continued his remarkable campaign. He injured his ankle, though, and is regarded as questionable for Game 2. Jimmy Buckets has played in 6 postseason games this year, averaging 35.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4.7 APG, and 1.8 SPG.
The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers in the final three games of their Round 1 series, but Miami stymied New York’s momentum in Game 1.
New York struggled from deep, shooting only 20.6% (7-for-34), and it was just 60% (12-for-20) at the free-throw line while making 13 turnovers. Overall, the team shot 47.7% (41-for-86) from the field. By a 48-to-39 margin, the Knicks were able to outrebound the Heat.
PG Jalen Brunson finished with 25 points but was 0 for 7 from beyond the arc in Game 1. SG RJ Barrett led the way with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Butler and Brunson both have ankle injuries, thus Brunson’s status is in doubt.
Heat vs Knicks Betting Odds
Here are the Heat vs Knicks Betting Odds for game 2 of this conference semifinals:
- Miami Heat: Point Spread +6.5, Money Line +225
- New York Knicks: Point Spread -6.5, -270
- Total: 206.5 Over/Under
Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Picks and Predictions
Here are our Heat vs Knicks predictions for money line, against the spread, and over/under:
You’ll spend almost three times as much on the Knicks (-275), which is a lot of money for a team that lost Game 1 at home.
Against the Spread or ATS
In Game 2, the HEAT +6.5 (-110) is a wise wager when scoring more than 3 points.
Miami has won against the spread four times in a row and is 4-1 ATS in its last five games after a win against the spread. Furthermore, the Heat have gone 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a day off.
The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a non-cover, but in their last 5 Conference Semifinal games, they have only been 1-4 ATS. Additionally, in their last 17 home games against the Heat, the Knicks are 5-12 ATS.
Leaning OVER 206.5 (-110) against the spread for Game 2.
The Over has triumphed in five of the previous seven matches, despite the fact that the Under (210) in Game 1 narrowly missed the mark by one point.
The Heat are 16-5 over their last 21 games overall, 6-1 over their last 7 on the road, and 10-1 over their last 11 games while playing after only one day of rest.
Although the Under has hit six straight times for the Knicks, the Over is 9-3-1 in the previous 13 games against winning teams.