It will be high-scoring affair when old rivals the Miami Heat and New York Knicks resume their rivalry tonight, writes Unibet basketball guru Mark Woods...
Miami Heat 1.16, New York Knicks 5.60 – BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT
There was a time when clashes between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks resembled two cage fighters, each trying to knock the other into oblivion.
On current form, Thursday’s meeting of the old rivals will be more like a heavyweight in his prime going toe to toe with a punch drunk never-was-a-contender.
Even with LeBron James recovering from a broken nose, the Heat are 1.16 to land another body blow following five consecutive victories and with three home ties in a row against sub-.500 opponents, they have a terrific opportunity to push up the pressure on rivals Indiana.
21-4 in their own building, Miami figures to throw everything at New York who are 9-17 on the road. Following three consecutive defeats, and the releases of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, the Knicks are a massively disappointing 21-36 and there are increasing signs that the inevitable freefall has begun.
With James, who is averaging 31.1 over his last ten outings, back in action, look at a total points line of over 209.5 points at 3.00. And for the Heat to extinguish the Knicks on a handicap of -9.5 at 1.85.
Indiana Pacers 1.04, Milwaukee Bucks 14.00 - BET and WATCH live on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT
What happens when the NBA’s best team takes on the league’s worst? We’ll find out when the Indiana Pacers host the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in five days.
Last time, the Pacers claimed a 110-100 win in Milwaukee but that was without new addition Evan Turner. With Indiana’s bench strengthened, and the Bucks resembling a D-League crew, have a punt on the hosts on the top match handicap of -22.5 at 4.20.
Best bet: Go over 209.5 points in Miami-New York at 3.00.