2019-20 NBA Season (74th NBA Season)
Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m. ET (Madison Square Garden)
Over/Under: 219; Heat -8 (-109)
Best Moneyline: Heat -325, Knicks +295
In Sunday's intraconference matchup between the Miami Heat (27-11) and New York Knicks (10-29), the Heat are aiming to maintain the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference standings, whereas the Knicks are striving to win more games to improve their struggling record. The Heat are currently trailing the Milwaukee Bucks by 5.5 games in the conference. Thus far, Miami is 21-14-2 ATS and 22-14-1 O/U, while New York is 19-19 ATS and 16-22 O/U. This game can be watched on MSG, SUN, NBA League Pass, and via a live streaming service. According to the Land of Basketball database, based on 123 regular season games played head-to-head all-time, the Knicks are 64-59 versus the Heat. On Dec. 20, 2019, Miami won the previous meeting 129-114 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. In the 2018-19 season, the Heat swept the knicks in their three-game season series, winning 110-87 on Oct. 24, 2018, 106-97 on Jan. 27, 2019, and 100-92 on Mar. 30, 2019. New York has not swept Miami since their four-game sweep in the 1992-93 season. Moreover, in the Heat's 117-113 road loss against the Brooklyn Nets, small forward Jimmy Butler scored 33 points and accumulated 9 total rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.
Goran Dragic also ended his performance with 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and no blocks or steals. Miami's bench players scored a combined total of 38 points versus the Nets. Dragic was responsible for 17 of those 38 points scored, but Tyler Herro ended his game with 9 points contributed to the scoreboard as well. For more in-depth box score game statistics, the Heat shot 44-85 (51.8 percent) from the field, 7-29 (24.1 percent) from the three-point arc, and 18-21 (85.7 percent) at the free throw line. Furthermore, Miami finished their four-point loss with 40 rebounds, 26 assists, 6 steals, 3 blocks, and 58 point scored in the paint. Their largest lead in this game was by 12 points. Miami scored 42 points in the first quarter. However, they allowed Brooklyn to score 32 points in the same quarter, too. This was a lackluster defensive effort overall. Meanwhile, in the Knicks' 123-111 home loss versus the New Orleans Pelicans, power forward Taj Gibson scored 19 points and earned 8 rebounds, 1 block, and no assists or steals.
Shooting guard R.J. Barrett finished his night with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and no blocks. Plus, Elfrid Payton had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and no blocks. The Knicks' bench players scored a combined total of 33 points against the Pelicans. Mitchell Robinson scored 12 of those 33 points. For more in-depth box score game statistics, New York shot 46-100 (46 percent) from the field, 5-27 (18.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 14-20 (70 percent) at the free throw line. Not to mention, the Knicks closed out their 12-point defeat with 46 rebounds, 26 assists, 13 steals, 1 block, and 66 points scored in the paint.
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