Sunday, February 28, 2016
Madison Square Garden
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The Miami Heat travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Sunday, February 28, 2016. The opening line for this game has Miami as 5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 206.
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The Heat come into this game with an overall record of 32-25 and a road record of 14-13. They are 1st in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.2 as they are averaging 97.1 points per game while giving up 96.9 per contest. Miami is 8-4 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 19-15. They are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Knicks have an overall record of 25-35 and a home record of 15-16. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 99.4 points per game and surrendering 101.7, good for a point differential of -2.3. New York has a division record of 6-6 and a conference record of 16-23. In their last 10 games they are 2-8.
Dwyane Wade comes into this contest averaging 18.9 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Heat. He pulls down 4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 77%. Goran Dragic averages 12.8 points per game in 32.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.4 assists per contest and 3.5 rebounds per game for Miami. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 21.4 points per game while playing 35 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 8 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 81%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 14.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.4 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Miami averages 97.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 29th in the league. They average 51.5 rebounds per game and 20.3 assists per game which ranks them 18th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.1 per game. The Heat allow 96.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.8 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the league.
New York averages 99.4 points per game this year which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 23rd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the NBA. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 20.3 assists per contest which ranks them 13th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 8th with 13.5 per game. The Knicks allow 101.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 15th and 9th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 20.7 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. The Knicks force 11.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
The Heat average 94.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 109 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -2.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 7.3 per contest. The Heat have an offensive rating of 103.5 and a defensive rating of 103.3. In terms of pace they average 93.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 23% of their shots. Miami turns the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Knicks score 100.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 102.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -5.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -0.6 points per game. The Knicks rating on offense is 105.5 and they have a defensive rating of 107.9. They get 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 26% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.6 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 10.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 30-26-1 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 21-36-0 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 32-28-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 30-29-1 against the over/under
Miami Heat Injuries
02/26/16 F Udonis Haslem Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Boston
02/26/16 F Joe Johnson None has been waived
02/24/16 G Beno Udrih Foot out for season
02/17/16 F Chris Bosh Blood Clot out indefinitely
02/01/16 G Tyler Johnson Shoulder out indefinitely
New York Knicks Injuries
12/30/15 F Cleanthony Early Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Miami
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