Miami Heat @ New York Knicks NBA Free Pick & Preview: The Knicks’ most recent return to being a player in the East has taken a turn for the worse, and they’ve struggled. But it’s nothing that a big win against the Big 3 of Miami couldn’t cure. The Knicks, unlike some other contenders, really get up for games of this magnitude, and it will be interesting to see if they can pull off a win against the D. Wade and the Lebron’s. Let’s be honest, this is more of a Big 2 with Bosh playing the role of Horace Grant. Either way, the bigs inside for Miami should have trouble with Amare, and this one might be a fight.
Neither team has been great of late: the Heat have struggled without all three pieces of their summer in tact, losing 4 of their last 5 and playing 3 overtime games in their last 7 contests. The Knicks, as I mentioned above, have really fallen off after their run of success earlier this season. They’ve lost 6 of their last 7, and health isn’t an issue for them. They’ve had tough opponents, sure, but losses to Phoenix, Sacramento, and Houston won’t get anybody feeling sorry for them. The losses to Sac-Town and the Suns were both at home, too, making matters worse.
But Miami is favored by 3.5 points at New York, and while the Knicks haven’t beaten the Heat yet this season, this looks like their best opportunity to do so. This game is in New York, the Heat are missing their only offensive post presence (Chris Bosh would probably eat up the Knicks on the block), and the Knicks finally won a game last time out (even though it was against the Wizards).
Can Wade and LeBron beat the Knicks without their 3rd wheel? I’m saying no, not this time around. I’ll take the home team dog.
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Miami Heat @ New York Knicks (+3.5) (TNT) (1/27)