New York Knicks-Miami
Nothing has a chance of upstaging Super Bowl in the Big Apple this weekend, but the hot-again New York Knicks are going to give it a shot when they host the Miami Heat on Saturday.
The Knicks have been back on song over the past eight days, winning four straight with all but one secured at a canter. But all were against sub-.500 teams. The defending champions, despite their home loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, will be an entirely different proposition.
New York are just 8-12 against opponents with winning records but their offense has started to fire, averaging 116.5 during their current spurt with the three-point shooting of JR Smith aiding their cause.
It may be a good time to take on Miami, who have only won five of their last ten despite getting an average of 20.2 points per night from Chris Bosh over that stretch.
But their bench has been adding just 23.4 points per game in that spell, far less than the Knicks whose reserves have chipped in 38.3 of late.
The Heat are -5.5 on the handicap at 1.90 while going over the total points line of 201.5 is available at 1.87. But with New York sizzling, they could yet put on a Super show.
New Orleans – Chicago
With the NBA All Star Game taking place later this month in New Orleans, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis figures to be the most likely to be first off the bench as a replacement for the injured Kobe Bryant.
That would be deserved with the Olympian notching 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds this season. Davis, provided he can shake off a broken finger, will need to be a huge factor when the inconsistent Pelicans host the Chicago Bulls.
New Orleans – who are 2.02 for the victory - are just 10-11 at home while the up and down Bulls are 10-12 on the road. Chicago will look to All Star Joakim Noah, who had 19 when his side lost in triple OT to their hosts in December.
However neither team is scoring at a clip so have a punt on going under a low points line of 180.5 at 2.20.
Best bet: Take New York on the handicap of -1.5 over Miami at 3.20