Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals pits the New York Knicks against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, with Miami leading 1-0 in this 2023 NBA playoff series. These teams met four times during the regular season, with New York who scored three victories. The Heat are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games while the Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss. Jimmy Butler (ankle) is a question for Miami while Tyler Herro (hand) and Victor Oladipo (knee) are out. Julius Randle (ankle) and Jalen Brunson (ankle) are questionable for the Knicks.
Tip-Off is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Caesars Sportsbook lists New York as a 7-point favorite in the latest Heat vs. Knicks odds. The over/under for the total score is 208. Before hitting the Knicks vs. Heat picks, check out SportsLine’s trusted NBA computer model predictions and betting tips.
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Now the model has set her sights on the Heat against the Knicks and has just laid out her picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can now head over to SportsLine to see the model selection. Here are some NBA odds and betting lines for the Knicks vs. the Heat:
- Heat vs. Knicks: New York -7
- Heat vs. Knicks Over-Under: 208 points
- Heat vs. Knicks money line: Miami +235, New York -292
- MIA: The Heat are 4-0 against the overall spread in their last four games
- NY: Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall
- Heat vs. Knicks tips: See the tips at SportsLine
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Why the Knicks can cover
Guard Josh Hart plays with tremendous energy and commitment. Hart is an effective two-way power due to his excellent defense and thrives on the downhill offense. The Villanova product is also an excellent rebounder, averaging 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2023 NBA playoffs. In Game 1, he had 10 points, eight boards and four assists.
Forward Obi Toppin has stepped up in the absence of Randle (ankle). Toppin is an extremely athletic and explosive jumper who lands with power around the rim while possessing a smooth perimeter shot. Toppin is averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this postseason. On April 30, he had 18 points, eight boards and made four 3-pointers. See which site is behind on SportsLine.
Why the heat can cover
Miami has some veteran players that bring a lot of playoff experience to this team. Guard Kyle Lowry brings a smart edge to the backcourt as he is a solid defender and uses his great court vision as a passer. The Villanova product has scored in double figures in three of his last four games. In Game 1, Lowry had 18 points, six assists and four blocks.
Forward Kevin Love is a big, down-to-earth player who is an effective rebounder and plays with great instincts. On April 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks, he had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five three-pointers. Meanwhile, forward Caleb Martin is another key contributor who has a reliable jump shot and is a questionable ball handler. The Nevada product is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the postseason. He has scored in double figures in four of his last six appearances. See which site is behind on SportsLine.
How to make Heat vs. Knicks picks
The model has simulated the Knicks vs. Heat 10,000 times and generally leans toward the Under, with only three players projected to score at least 16 points. The model also says that one side of the spread hits over 50% of the time. You only have the choice at SportsLine.
So who wins Heat vs. Knicks? And which side hits in over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread to jump on, all from the model who went 71-38 in his NBA picks and find out.