Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Prediction, 2/2/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Miami Heat vs New York Knicks
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
The New York Knicks will play the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
The Heat played the Cavaliers and took home the win by a score of 100-97 in their last contest. Miami walked away from the game with a 43.6% FG percentage (34 of 78) and converted 14 out of their 31 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Heat made 18 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 72.0%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 45 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 21 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With respect to defending, Miami allowed the other team to go 48.2% from the field on 40 of 83 shooting. Cleveland distributed 32 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. Furthermore, Cleveland grabbed 39 boards (5 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Cleveland shot 50.0% from the charity stripe by burying 6 of their 12 tries. They converted 11 out of their 40 attempts from distance. Concerning fouls, the Heat walked away with 17 while the Cavaliers accounted for 20 fouls.
Jimmy Butler is one guy who played a role for the game. Butler walked away from this one shooting 37.5% from the field and totaled 5 assists. He played 34 mins played and pulled down 1 board. He scored 23 points on 6 of 16 shooting.
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Miami will play this game with a mark of 29-23 for the year. They cough up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.7 fouls per game. As a unit, Miami is pulling in 41.4 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,225 assists on the year, which is 21st in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Heat are shooting 33.6% on shots from 3-point land (615 of 1,828) and 82.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 108.5 points per contest (30th in the NBA) while hitting 45.3% from the field.
Defensively, the Heat are able to force 16.5 turnovers per game and they draw 19.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 16th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,309 surrendered so far this year. The Heat defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.5% (2,047 of 4,307) and they surrender 42.2 rebounds per game as a group. They give up 36.6% on shots from downtown while they are 2nd in the league in points per game from their opponents (108.2).
In their last game, the Knicks took a defeat with a final score of 129-123 against the Lakers. Concerning cleaning the glass, New York permitted Los Angeles to snag 44 in total (11 on the offensive side). They shot 33.3% from behind the 3-point line via 11 out of 33 and ended up going 22 out of 31 at the free throw line (71.0%). The Knicks permitted the Lakers to convert 48 of 93 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.6% in this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Knicks finished 44 for 98 from the field which had them sitting at 44.9%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, New York made 7 of 34 tries (20.6%). They were able to knock down 28 of them for a rate of 87.5%. The Lakers were called for 23 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Knicks to the charity stripe for a total of 32 shots. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Knicks were able to corral 32 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for this game.
Jalen Brunson ended up being a major contributor for the Knicks for the matchup. Brunson scored 37 points in his 44 minutes on the court and accumulated 6 assists in this game. He made 13 of 29 in this contest for a field goal rate of 44.8%, and had 2 rebounds.
New York has a mark of 27-25 for the campaign. The Knicks commit 20.5 fouls per game and they connect on 77.5% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.5 times per game (28th in the league) and they turn it over 13.0 times per game. New York has earned 5,950 pts so far this season (114.4 per contest) and they average 47.3 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Knicks are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 25th in the NBA.
The New York defense gives up 34.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (689 of 1,974) and their opposition makes 76.8% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 24.8 dimes and 44.0 boards per contest, which is ranked 11th and 19th in the league. The Knicks are ranked 12th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.7. They are forcing 12.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (3rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York
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