The NBA In-Season Tournament returns with East Group B action tonight as the Miami Heat continue their five-game road trip when visiting the New York Knicks. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN.
Miami (10-5) has won two straight on this road trip and is fresh off a 129-96 thrashing of the Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Heat never trailed in this blowout as Kyle Lowry dropped 28 points in the win. Meanwhile, New York (8-6) is returning home from its five-game road trip and were last blasted in a 117-100 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday. This was a two-point game at halftime before Minnesota jumped out to an 11-0 run at the start of the third and never looked back.
On the injury front, Bam Adebayo (hip) missed Wednesday’s game for the Heat and is questionable for tonight. Duncan Robinson (thumb) is also questionable.
New York enters the game as a 6-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, accompanied by a total of 212. The Knicks are listed as a -218 moneyline favorite, making the Heat a +180 underdog.
Heat vs. Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Heat +6
After a slow start, Miami has rattled off nine victories and 10 games and should be primed to carry that momentum into Madison Square Garden tonight. Even as the road team with Adebayo’s status up in the air, six points seems a little high so I’ll lean towards the Heat covering the spread easily.
Over/Under: Under 212
Both of these teams have made their bones on the defensive end of the floor, ranking in the top 10 in opponent points per game. However, both teams have had to grind to put points on the board themselves with the Knicks shooting just 43.6% from the field and the Heat shooting just 46.8%. I expect another classic slugfest between these two Eastern Conference rivals. I’ll take the under.