20* Knicks/Heat ESPN Friday No-Brainer on UNDER 195
New York vs. Miami,
01/27/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 89 - 99
Total: -105/+195 Under
The New York Knicks are going to be without two starters and two key offensive pieces tonight. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (23.6 PPG) and starting PG Baron Davis are both out tonight as they deal with wrist and back injuries, respectively. Points are going to be hard to come by for New York without these two.
Miami is likely going to be without Dwayne Wade once again tonight as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. I expect the Heat to win this game, but it will be because of a great defensive effort against the short-handed Knicks. Miami has had trouble scoring of late, putting up just 91.7 points/game in their last three. But they are stopping opponents with ease, yielding only 90.6 points/game in their last five.
New York was having a hard time scoring even with Anthony. They are putting up just 94.5 points/game on the season. Their defense is improved though, especially on the road. The Knicks are scoring 93.7 points/game and allowing 91.8 points/game in road games for an average combined score of 185.5 points/game. New York is 8-1 to the UNDER in all road games this season.
New York is 10-1 to the UNDER in their last 11 road games where the total is between 190 and 199.5 points. The UNDER is 7-1 in Knicks last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The UNDER is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in this series. The Knicks and Heat combined for 177 and 181 points in their final two meetings last season, respectively. Bet the UNDER in this game Friday.