New York Knicks 4.20, Miami Heat 1.24 (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT)
Remember when Miami Heat and the New York Knicks shared one of the NBA’s most brutal rivalries? A decade on and the reigning champions tower over their former foes as large as any Big Apple skyscraper. But with the Knicks on a mini-surge, can they pull off an upset at Madison Square Garden on Thursday?
Despite an injury list straight out of an ER special, New York have won – wait for it – two games in a row after knocking off Dallas and Detroit, holding both to under 86 points. That comes despite the in-house distraction of JR Smith but at 12-22, this remains a team which is heading nowhere except oblivion.
With no draft picks in 2014, there’s no benefit in the Knicks tanking to make the lottery. So it’s all or nothing, given that – Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler apart – there’s very little value in any of their players as trade assets.
With Miami on the first night of a back-to-back, there’ll be some discussion about whether to rest up Dwyane Wade here or let him sit out Friday’s clash with Brooklyn. Ditto Shane Battier. If Wade passes, then there’s an outside chance New York delivers on the handicap if they keep up their defensive push but that’s a small hope.
And with the Heat scoring over their average of 104.9 in three of their last four, go above the total points line.
Denver Nuggets 2.25, Oklahoma City Thunder 1.67 (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 03.35 GMT)
With Russell Westbrook out, the Oklahoma City Thunder knew they’d hit the occasional unexpected bump but they surely never anticipated stalling against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
Now they’ll look to rebound on a visit to the Denver Nuggets, who are on a three-game winning roll. OKC were missing Serge Ibaka last time and his return should help clog the hosts who are seventh in the NBA in shots from less than 5 feet. But with outshoot shooting on hand, expect another high scorer in Mile High City.
Best bet: Go above the total points line in New York-Miami