Lebron James will lead the Miami Heat to MSG to face Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks from NBA pro basketball action set for Thursday January 9th. The Heat and Knicks will get things started from New York at 8PM Eastern Time and TNT TV will provide the coast to coast broadcast. Check out the NBA odds at Top Bet sportsbook.
The wagering odds from this NBA game have the road side Miami Heat favored by -8 points with a total lined at 196 points. Those who play on the Miami Heat on the money line will lay -400 odds with the return on the New York Knicks at +320 odds on the money line.
The New York Knicks enter play with two straight wins and three wins in their past four games. The three wins came on the road to San Antonio and Dallas and they returned home after their Texas Triangle road trip with an 89-85 victory to the Detroit Pistons. The only loss in that four game span came at Houston by a bucket. New York has covered four straight games. There is some distraction with New York as sixth man J.R. Smith is being shopped as the Knicks are looking to trade him. Smith has acted unprofessional on the court with silly antics that drew the ire of the league and team. J.R. Smith has put up decent regular season numbers but when the defense tightens on him during the playoffs his shooting percentage would tank miserably. There is no doubt the Knicks have gotten off to a bad start. But so have most of the 15 Eastern Conference teams that New York is battling for the eight playoff spots up for grabs. As a result for the poor start by East teams the Knicks find themselves just 1 ½ games behind the eighth seeded Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot. All is not lost for New York as they have plenty to play for despite a poor record. New York welcomed back point guard Raymond Felton who can provide speed on the court for the Knicks. Miami doesn’t exert the energy on defense during the regular season as in seasons past. Miami is allowing 45.6% shooting this season which reflects the team is not playing at full speed.
With our NBA Pro Basketball pick for Thursday we will play on the New York Knicks +8 points against the Miami Heat at online sportsbook usa.