NBA Picks: Back Motivated Knicks +7.5 To Beat The Heat In Miami

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 6:55 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 6:55 PM GMT

The Knicks have won 2 straight games themselves and are coming off of a very impressive victory. Tonight they face the Heat. This game ought to be a war. Who will be our NBA pick?

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Free XXX Pick: Knicks +7.5
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

One of Wednesday's matchups offers a clash between the Knicks and the Heat. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST tonight at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. According to 5Dimes Sportsbook NBA odds board, the Heat are a 7.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 192. Normally, I would think that the Heat are the fresh team having the extra day's rest, but in this case, playing last night and playing well against a good team, will benefit the New York Knicks as all of their starters played exceptionally well and were involved in the win.

 

Overlooked
Some things that Robin Lopez does simply don't show up in the statsheet like his brother Brook, but Lopez adds intangibles, especially on the defensive end and is a key figure on this team. When a player such as Paul Millsap has to face two 7 plus footers in Kristaps Porzingis and Robin Lopez, it can throw a player off of his game and that's what it did to Millsap despite him getting his numbers.

Lopez has been hot lately and built a nice chemistry with Jose Calderon on the offensive end with putbacks and Calderon setting him up and he's been a beast on the defensive end, rejecting everything that comes his way.

In his last 2 games, Lopez is averaging 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2.5  blocks.

Carmelo Anthony has expanded his game and has gotten other players involved. When Lopez and Calderon are playing well, it's simply a plus for the Knicks. Tonight's matchup might be a bit more difficult in dealing with Hasaan Whiteside and Chris Bosh, but the Knicks have the edge in size and it certainly does come into play.

 

The Real Deal
We all know that Kristaps Porzingis is going to have some inconsistency in his rookie season, but it's clear to the naked eye that this kid is special.

Porzingis has definitely gotten the respect of the best player on the team and that's huge for an up and coming team. Porzingis finally showed a little animosity in a scrap with a Hawks player and Anthony came right to the rescue. This was a difficult situation as the game was close in the 4th quarter and Carmelo had been on fire. Nonetheless, the chemistry that the Knicks are starting to build is starting to show and this is a much improved team and not an automatic win for Miami. Add in the offense of Aaron Afflalo, who is averaging 21.7 points in January and I think the 7.5 points are a bit high for Miami to give in this game.

 

CB
There's still D. Wade and no more LBJ, but Chris Bosh is playing like he did when he was a member of the Toronto Raptors. Although Whiteside has a huge upside and Dwayne Wade is still a superstar, Chris Bosh is the go to guy offensively on the Miami Heat squad.

In his last 10 games, Bosh is averaging 23 points and 7.5 rebounds. He's going to have a tough task tonight with the size of the Knicks and look for him to possibly take his game to the outside and look to nail some jumpers. Bosh can be considered soft by some, but this where the presence of Whiteside comes into play an he will make it tough on the Knicks offense. This is partially the reason why the total for this game is somewhat low.

Despite the Knicks sub .500 record, you have two good teams here, and I think the Knicks have a chance to win the game. The 7.5 points is a bonus. Back them with your NBA picks.

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