On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers (23-24) visit the Barclays Center for an inter-conference road game against The Miami Heat (30-17) host the New York Knicks (23-25) at American Airlines Arena for an Eastern Conference clash on Wednesday night. Miami comes into this matchup with the best overall record in the East and leads the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls by a .5 game. Meanwhile, the Knicks continue to be on the outs in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, losing four out of their last five.
New York Knicks Betting Preview: New York Struggling, Knicks Look to Turn Things Around
On Monday night, the New York Knicks dropped their fourth game in a row, falling 95-93 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. RJ Barrett led the Knicks with 24 points, while Julius Randle contributed 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the loss. The Knicks were particularly bad at the free-throw line, where they only made 11 successful attempts of their 21 free throw shots.
Randle has averaged 18.9 points per game this season, while Barrett has averaged 17.4 points per game. Derrick Rose, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Luka Samanic are all out for New York, and Mitchell Robinson is listed as day-to-day.
With 103.9 points per game, the Knicks have been nothing short of brutal on offense as they are ranked 27th in scoring, 10th in rebounds, and 25th in AST/TO ratio. However, the defense has been strong as they are fifth in the league in defense, allowing only 104.3 points per game against opponents.
Miami Heat Betting Preview: Heat on Fire after Butler’s Triple-Double Leads Team Past Lakers
On Sunday, Miami defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103, winning their eighth game in a row. Jimmy Butler was the star of the night as he accumulated a triple-double with 20 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds in the win, while Duncan Robinson added 25 points in the victory. Miami continues to show its resiliency as the best team in the East by fighting back from a 23-point deficit by shooting 15-of-33 from 3-point range.
Despite Kyle Lowry being absent due to personal reasons, Gabe Vincent has stepped up for this Heat team scoring in double figures in each of the last four games. Vincent, a Stockton, California native, has had a strong season, averaging 9.0 points and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 38.0 percent from outside the arc.
Despite many ailments, the Heat are sixth in the NBA with an adjusted 112.5 offensive rating and seventh with a 108.4 defensive rating this season.
Lakers vs. Nets betting lines
The Lakers (-3.5) take on the Nets (+135 to win) at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday. The point total is set at 226.5 for the MyBookie has the Miami Heat as -6 home favorites when they play the Knicks (+26) on Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET. This matchup’s over/under is set at 200.5. Miami is 28-19-0 against the spread this season, and when they are six-point favorites or greater, the Heat have a 7-7 ATS record. This season, New York is 24-24-0 against the spread and has had two ATS wins as a 6-point underdog or more (2-4).
Free Betting Pick
Both of these teams have been on opposing ends of the spectrum. Despite shifting players in and out of the starting lineup, Miami continued to find ways to win, winning seven of their last nine.
The Knicks, on the other hand, have battled to stay above .500 this season, and have really struggled as of late, losing four of their previous five games. New York has struggled to create quality shots on offense, and Randle’s offensive regression has been a major factor.
New York is so bad they are getting booed out of their home stadium. I don’t think this one will be close when the Knicks play on the road. Back Miami in this one.