NBA Picks: Bet Knicks +5 on the Road To Catch Fire vs. Heat

David Lawrence

Monday, November 23, 2015 12:09 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 12:09 PM GMT

The New York Knicks are playing like a team that is going to make the playoffs. The Miami Heat have had a very soft and generous schedule, check our NBA pick here.

Momentum
The Knicks are on a real roll, more so than the Heat when you adjust for circumstances. The Knicks are on a long road swing, and they’ve just come from Oklahoma and Texas in a very good mood. The Knicks beat the Thunder by three on Friday night, overcoming Oklahoma City and taking advantage of the absence of Kevin Durant from the lineup. The Knicks used their defense and length in that game, a 93-90 win. Then, the next night in Houston, playing the second end of a back-to-back, the Knicks had fresh enough legs to win a game primarily on the strength of their offense, 107-102.

The Knicks took advantage of Houston’s terrible defensive communication skills, scorching the nets for nearly 110 points. The Knicks are getting more than what they hoped they’d get from their top draft pick and No. 4 overall selection, Kristaps Porzingis. It’s not that they didn’t think Porzingis would become this player. They did. It’s just that the organization didn’t expect Porzingis to come of age so quickly and put an immediate stamp on the rest of the NBA. Porzingis is a player with a well-developed set of offensive moves. If he gets thwarted in one way when trying to make one move, he has secondary and third moves that can still generate shots and create offense. This makes him a special player, one who – if he stays healthy – is likely to be a very successful professional for a very long time. The Knicks are 8-6, which puts them on pace to be a winning team, which should definitely qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Last year’s team was at or near the basement the whole way, alongside Philadelphia and not too far away from Orlando.

The Miami Heat are tied for second in the East, but they have not been great. The Knicks have actually done more with their roster than the Heat have. The big plus for Miami is that rookie and top draft pick Justise Winslow has been every bit as great as Porzingis. He looks like a future start in the NBA and a player who will form the core of the franchise once Dwyane Wade retires and Chris Bosh loses some of his legs. The Heat are 8-4 because they’ve played relatively tame opponents. The teeth of their schedule has not yet arrived.

 

Home-Away Trends
New York is 5-2 away from home, and Miami is 7-2 at home, with its losses coming to the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks have won their last two road games over the past week. The Heat have already played nine home games, the most in the East, and are at the back end of a seven-game homestand, their best and most favorable stretch of the whole season.

 

Injuries
Neither team has any injuries at this time.

 

What’s The Pick?
The Heat started as a 5.5-point favorite and are now listed as five-point favorites on the NBA odds. The betting public can see that New York is playing better basketball. Take the Knicks against the points here for your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Knicks +5 at Heritage

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