Lately the New York Knicks seem to have gotten back on track and tonight they will get a chance to see just how far they’ve come when they meet the Miami Heat.
Carmelo Anthony has saved some of his best performances for the the two-time defending NBA champions and online sports betting fans hope this will continue.
The star player knocked down three straight 3-pointers Tuesday during a 15-0 third-quarter run for New York (12-22), who kept moving in a positive direction with an 89-85 win versus the Detroit Pistons.
Anthony finished with 34 points and hit a season-high six 3s as the Knicks won for the third time in four games since the 29 year-old returned from a three-game absence because of a sprained left ankle.
However, the rest of the team has been plagued by injuries and illness, though Raymond Felton returned Tuesday following a six-game absence because of a groin injury.
New York is really counting on Anthony as they go for their first three-game winning streak in what coach Mike Woodson has called a critical stretch.
Anthony has averaged 38.5 points in his last four regular-season meetings with Southeast-leading Heat (27-8). The 6c NBA All Star matched a career-high with 50 on 18-of-26 shooting — hitting 7 of 10 3s — as the Knicks took three of four in last season’s series with a 102-90 road victory April 2.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did not play in that contest as Miami gave its stars plenty of rest down the stretch.
On Tuesday, James finished with 32 points and Wade added 22 to lead the Heat to their third straight victory, 107-88 over visiting New Orleans Pelicans.
Miami, who has won 11 of 13, trailed by as many as 11 before running away versus New Orleans. The Heat have trailed at the half in four of its last six victories.
Heat starters Mario Chalmers (Achilles) and Shane Battier (quad) remain day-to-day after both sat out Tuesday’s victory.
According to the NBA live lines, Miami has won five of seven regular-season meetings in New York.