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It’s arguably the toughest ticket in years in Miami on Thursday night as the Jeremy Lin phenomenon visits South Florida for the first time when the New York Knicks face the Miami Heat in the TNT national TV opener. The Heat are 9.5-point favorites on Bovada’s NBA basketball odds with live betting available.
Miami has looked invincible of late, having won seven straight games – all by double digits, and five of those coming on the road. The Heat, who lead the NBA in scoring, put up 120 points in a 12-point home win over Sacramento on Tuesday in their last game to improve to 14-2 at home. Dwyane Wade had arguably his best game of the season with 30 points and 10 assists and shot at least 50 percent from the field for the 11th game in a row, which is amazing for a guard. That ties a career-best run for Wade.
The Knicks got back to .500 on Wednesday night with an easy 99-82 home win over the Atlanta Hawks, improving New York to 9-2 since Lin took over as the starting point guard. Lin had 17 points and nine assists, sitting out most of the fourth quarter because the Knicks were comfortably ahead. The Knicks shot 52 percent in the first half, scored 30 points in both periods, and led 60-35 at the break. Carmelo Anthony, in his second game back from a groin injury, had 15 points.
As star-studded as the Heat are, even they are ready for the hype that Lin brings. LeBron Jamessaid tonight could be “one of the most watched games we’ve had in a long time, especially with what Jeremy Lin is doing.”
The Knicks did visit Miami once this year, falling 99-89 as a 12-point underdog on Jan. 27. New York played without an injured Anthony in that one and hoisted an NBA season-high 43 3-pointers. The Knicks made 18 of them but shot only 35.7 from the floor overall. LeBron and Wade combined for 59 points in the win. Lin? He didn’t play. The Heat have won eight in a row over New York. However, the Knicks have covered in the past four meetings.