The 2012-13 NBA season will finally get underway for New York fans tonight when the World Champion Miami Heat pay a visit to meet the Knicks. The unfortunate circumstances surrounding Hurricane Sandy forced postponement of the Knicks and Nets meeting in Brooklyn on Thursday, but the game will go on this evening. Start time in Madison Square Garden is 8:05 PM ET and the game will be carried by ESPN.
Miami (1-0) showed their offensive prowess on Tuesday night in their season opener in South Beach, by beating the Boston Celtics 120-107. New additions Ray Allen, the former Celt and Rashard Lewis make the defending champs even more of a force this year. Allen had 19 points in 31 minutes vs. his old team and Lewis added 10. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 29 and LeBron James had 26. James is expected to play tonight, although he did experience cramps in both legs Tue. C Joel Anthony is out. New York (0-0) will be without Amare Stoudamire for up to 2 months following knee surgery. Check the NBA Wagering Odds for the Heat vs. Knicks Game.
Carmelo Anthony is expected to take up where he left off last season as the Knicks “go to” guy. Tyson Chandler will once again center the group, although he is listed day to day on the injury report along with Marcus Camby and J.R. Smith. The Heat are 5-0 ATS in their previous 5 games. The Knicks are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games in New York.
The last time these teams met was in the 2012 playoffs, where the Heat won the series in five games. In that series, the Heat covered the spread in all 5 games, winning 4 of them. The Knicks won Game 4 in New York but failed to cover. The total went UNDER in 3 of those 5 playoff matchups. Start your Basketball Gambling action on the Heat vs. Knicks Game.
Before that, they met in April 2012 in the regular season, where Miami won 93-85 as 3 point favorites. In a February 2012 matchup, Miami won 102-88 as 10 point favorites. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the last 5 meetings between then in regular season matchups, dating back to January 2011.
Miami is a solid 6 point (-$110) road favorite from the sbgglobal.eu NBA betting sportsbook page. The O/U is 197 ½ points, also at -$110.
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