New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 -8:00 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
YouWager experts point out that the New York Knicks have the NBA’s longest active winning streak and are one of only three teams with a winning record when facing the Miami Heat.
Even though Miami will be short-handed, they should have plenty of extra incentive when the foes wrap up their season series tonight in Florida.
The defending champion Heat (58-15) are sitting alone atop the league after winning 29 of 30 and have built a sizable advantage over division leaders Knicks (46-26) and Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers have be sitting out but the Heat still moved closer to securing home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs Sunday when Chris Bosh hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in an 88-86 victory at West-leading San Antonio Spurs.
Without James (hamstring), Wade (ankle) and Chalmers (ankle) tout theres’s some excitement lost for this game, but Miami has been able to play well with makeshift lineups. James missed his first game Sunday, and the team is currently 6-1 without Wade.
Since the Heat’s 27-game winning streak came to end versus the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, the Knicks have owned the NBA’s top winning streak. New York extended their run to eight with a 108-89 home win versus the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Miami also took another step toward their first Atlantic Division title in 19 years by taking a 4 1/2-game lead on second-place Brooklyn Nets.
Indiana and Chicago are also 2-1 against the Heat this season.
The Heat will have to find a way to replace James’ season averages of 27.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.0
New York has scored 107.8 per game and hit 41.1 percent from 3-point range over their last five NBA games.
The Knicks will likely have a hard time matching that production versus a Miami defense that has limited rivals to an average of 82.3 points and 24.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc in its last three at home.
According to the NBA point spread, Miami has won nine of 11 meetings while playing at home, including three wins in 2012’s basketball playoffs.