The New York Knicks, despite a vicious bout of injuries, are still responding to the interim tenure of Mike Woodson as head coach.
That’s led his former coach at Indiana University, Bobby Knight, to call for him to be given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season. On a winning 8-2 stretch over its last ten games, the Knicks head to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday looking to pull off a third victory over their play-off rivals inside a fortnight.
Without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, it could be a bit tougher this time around, although New York have been finding ways to pull off wins to tighten their grip on eighth spot in the Eastern Conference through tight defence. And with Indiana stuttering, the +6.0 for a Knicks in the handicap market, looks generous at 1.91.
The Miami Heat held a lengthy inquest after their loss to Boston on Sunday in the hope of finding answers to the questions currently being asked about their NBA title credentials.
Fortunately for the Heat, they return to South Florida on Tuesday to start a five game homestand against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers have dropped back off their early season pace, winning just 4 of their last 10, and they lost 113-92 on their last visit here.
With LeBron James promising to fix Miami’s problems, victory by more than 8.5 would send out the message for their would-be competition that their poor form over past two weeks was a mere blip.
Bet of the Day: Go under the Points Total of 189.5 in New York @ Indiana at 1.91.