The New York Knicks are, according to the NBA games betting odds, 1½-point underdogs against the Miami Heat, which is not necessarily an uphill battle, so hopefully Turkish center, will watch his language and avoid another reprimand from the front office. Not that he said anything really wrong, but you know what they say, the boss is not always right but he’s always the boss. The Knicks probably think ‘shop till you drop’ is a violent image and use ‘shop till you droop’ instead.
Enes Kanter had a potential solution for the Knicks’ energy issues against Portland tonight: pic.twitter.com/nqLo0ugNMB
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 28, 2017
- Date: Wednesday, November, 29
- Time: 7:40 PM
- Venue: Madison Square Garden
- Online Sportsbook Odds for Fans Betting on NBA Games:
Miami Heat -1½ (-110) 202½ (-110) -123
New York Knicks +1½ (-110) 202½ (-110) +103
Kanter’s call to arms wasn’t, all things considered, not at all uncalled for. The Knickerbockers went 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS in the three games that the Turk, who is set to return against the Heat, missed with back spasms. Kyle O’Quinn started in the three-game stretch, while Willy Hernangomez averaged five points and 6.7 rebounds in 19 minutes in that period, and Joakim Noah played three minutes in Monday’s loss to Portland, after a 12-game suspension and an inactivity of seven further games. “We do have four guys at that [spot]. I’ve talked to [Noah] about it, how the rotation is going to go. He’s just going to continue to work on his game and always be ready.” Head coach Jeffrey John Hornacek said. As the Knicks “move forward, if we’re back with Enes and Kyle, and maybe even Jo occasionally,” they’ll have to consider sending Hernangomez to the G League. The Knicks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine home games, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 playing NBA Southeast teams, and 12-5 against the NBA games betting odds spread in their last 17 overall.
The Miami Lukewarm
The Heat strung together a three-game winning streak for the first time this season but couldn’t sustain the momentum against the Cavs, even after LeBron James was ejected for the first time ever, losing to Cleveland 97-108 on Monday. Thus, Miami will have to start bidding for consistency all over again, starting tonight with the Knicks. Speaking of hot and cold, Knicks power forward Kristaps Porziņģis has shot just 37.5% in his last seven games, while Heat guard Goran Dragić averaged 23.7 points on nearly 50% shooting and seven assists in three games against New York last season. On the other hand, Miami lost last season’s series 1-2 as has been on the losing end of three of the last five meetings, but has prevailed in their last six trips to New York. The Heat are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games playing back-to-back, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 on the road, and 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 playing Eastern Conference teams. The favored team, once again, Miami, is 10-3 against the NBA games betting odds spread in the last 13 encounters between these two bitter rivals.