The New York Knicks travel to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat in game 1 this afternoon. Looking for NBA playoff odds? Look no further than Just Bet sportsbook.
Head to head, the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The Heat are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5, but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Knicks on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog of 5.0-10.5.
This is a very compelling matchup for the first round and everyone is anticipating game 1 of this series. The Heat won all 3 of the regular season meeting between the teams this season. The Knicks however have been playing great under new head coach Mike Woodson in the second half of the season. The Knicks have gone 18-6 in their last 24 games to surge into the playoffs. The Heat struggled in the second half of the season and especially on the road where they went just 18-15 this season.
The Heat have handled the Knicks pretty easily this season so it is not a surprise to see the spread where it is. New York is playing as well as anyone entering the playoffs though so you have to take that into consideration. While we like the Heat to win we definitely see the Knicks keeping it rather close. We like the Knicks and the points in this one at sportsbooks.