Miami Heat vs New York Knicks NBA betting odds preview, prediction, trends

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Miami is hot, New York is not. No surprise the NBA betting menu sees the Heat favored by nearly double digits against the Knicks.

The Miami Heat are a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS over their last five games, while the New York Knicks are going in the opposite direction with a 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS record over their last seven games.

The two teams meet in Miami on Thursday night with the Heat going off as a 10.5-point home favorite.

Any doubts about the Miami Heat's hunger or ability to drive towards a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance should be gone after the last few weeks of play. Over Miami's 5-0 SU and ATS run, the Heat reeled off impressive road wins against Golden State, Dallas, and Oklahoma City.

The Heat held Oklahoma City to just 81 points and Chicago to just 79 over their last two games, winning both of those games in blowouts. LeBron James missed the Chicago game with a broken nose, but has practiced this week and is expected to play against the Knicks.

[ Computer Prediction: 98-91 Miami - from NBA picks computer at Odds Shark ]

It has been a nightmare of a season for the New York Knicks, who after ending January on a 4-0 SU and ATS run are just 2-9 SU and 4-7 ATS over their last 11 games. In addition to struggles on the court, New York has to deal with distractions off the court as well as point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun charges this week.

Despite owning a 21-36 SU record, New York is still just 5.5 points out of a playoff spot with 25 games left in the regular season.

Miami has actually struggled against New York since the two teams met in the playoffs back in 2012. The Knicks are 4-2 SU and ATS in their last six games against the Heat including a 2-0 SU and ATS record in Miami, per closing NBA lines at 5Dimes.eu.

The UNDER is 4-13-1 over the last 18 games between New York and Miami.

With three days off coming into this game and a day off on Friday, Miami doesn't have any real reason to take it easy on Thursday.

If the Heat come out of their three-day break playing at the same level they went into it, the Knicks could be in for a long night.

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