Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Prediction, 2/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs New York Knicks
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (-6)
The New York Knicks (10-13) play the Miami Heat (8-14) at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The odds on this game have Miami as 6-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 227.
The Miami Heat played the Washington Wizards and took home the win by a score of 122-95 in their last game. Miami finished the game with a 49.4% field goal percentage (43 out of 87) and converted 16 out of their 37 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Heat made 20 of 23 attempts for a rate of 87.0%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 48 with 9 of them being offensive. They also dished out 27 assists in this game while earning 9 steals and 7 blocks. Concerning the defense, Miami allowed the other team to go 37.1% from the floor on 33 out of 89 shooting. Washington recorded 19 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Wizards collected 40 rebounds (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 9 blocked shots. Washington finished the game at 87.5% at the charity stripe by making 21 of 24 tries. They also made 8 of their 33 attempts from distance.
Bam Adebayo is a player who had an impact for the game. He ended up walking away with 21 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 27:41 minutes and also snagged 4 rebounds. Adebayo finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 3 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this matchup for the Heat was Kelly Olynyk. He snagged 7 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor in the game by connecting on 6-of-8 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Olynyk was on the court for 20:41 minutes.
Miami heads into this game with a mark of 8-14 this year. They have an average of 107.2 points per contest (25th in the league) on 46.7% from the field. The Heat are hitting 35.4% on shots from downtown (289 of 816) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Miami is snagging 41.9 boards per game and has totaled 566 dimes this year, which is 8th in the league in terms of passing. They cough up possession 17.1 times per contest and as a group they commit 20.1 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Heat are forcing 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 20.9 fouls. The Heat defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.8% (335 of 460) and they concede 44.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 18th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 551 surrendered this year. They are giving up 37.9% on three-point shots and they are 13th in the league in opponents PPG (111.1).
The last time they took the court, the New York Knicks went home victorious with a score of 107-103 when they faced the Chicago Bulls. The Knicks were able to snag 36 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 47 in the game. They blocked 4 shots while recording 5 steals for the matchup. The Bulls committed 14 fouls in this game which took the Knicks to the free throw line for 15 tries. They were able to make 10 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 66.7%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, New York knocked down 11 of 22 tries (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Knicks ended up shooting 43 for 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.3%. The Knicks permitted the Bulls to convert 43 out of 88 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 48.9% in this matchup. They went 16.7% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 6 out of 36 and ended up shooting 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, New York allowed Chicago to collect 38 in total (6 offensive).
Julius Randle pitched in for the Knicks for the game. He knocked down 11 of 20 for the contest for a rate of 55.0%, which got him 27 points. Randle grabbed 6 rebounds in his 38:20 minutes of time on the court and had 6 assists in this contest. Another guy who came through for New York was Elfrid Payton. He ended up scoring 20 points in 34:43 minutes on the hardwood by way of 9 of 20 shooting for this game. Payton wrapped this one up going 45.0% from the field as well as contributing 4 assists and 8 boards.
New York has a record of 10-13 so far this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Knicks are connecting on 44.7% from the floor, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. New York has accounted for 2,355 points on the year (102.4 per contest) and they collect 46.5 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 21.0 times per contest (29th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.9 times per contest. The Knicks are committing 20.8 fouls per contest and they hit 76.4% from the charity stripe. The Knicks on the defensive end are ranked 2nd in the league in PPG given up with 104.1. They concede 22.7 assists and 44.9 boards every game, which is ranked 4th and 17th in the NBA. The New York defense allows 31.4% on three-point shots (271 of 864) and their opponents are making 75.5% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.6% from the floor (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (+6)
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