New York Knicks @ Miami Heat 4/2/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

New York Knicks (44-30) at Miami Heat (41-33)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 at  7:30 p.m. EST (Spokane Memorial Arena)

Betting Odds: Heat -2.5 (-115) - Over/Under (207.5)

Pick: Heat -2.5 (-115)

Two teams fighting for playoff positioning within the Eastern conference, will face off here on Tuesday with the regular season quickly coming to an end. Coming down to the final stretch of the season teams are battling for positioning heading into the playoffs and this is going to be one of the most important matchups of the late regular season schedule. Both of these teams sit in the middle of the pack and they are separated by just a few games with only a couple weeks left in the regular season. This game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat down in South Beach on Tuesday night could have a major domino effect on the standings heading into the week.

It has been an above average season for the New York Knicks up into this point. They will look to recapture the magic of their postseason run from last year towards the end of the campaign. Heading into the final few weeks of the regular season, they are sitting in the middle of the standings in the conference and they could certainly use a huge win against Miami here on Tuesday night. They have been rather inconsistent at times, but this team has the potential to get hot, and if they do, the NBA will be on notice throughout the opening rounds of the postseason. 

It is likely they will be on the road again this time around as well and they will replicate their first round side of the Cleveland Cavaliers from last season. New York comes into this game 14 games above the .500 mark as they have picked up 44 victories through their first 74 games of the season. They are currently occupying the fourth spot in the Eastern conference heading into the final eight games of the year. If they can hold onto that spot, it would give them home-court advantage throughout the first round. However, Orlando is right on their tail coming into this game on Tuesday night, only a half game back of New York.

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The Miami Heat coming into this game looking to pick up a huge momentum boosting victory heading into the final few weeks of the regular season. Miami has been a sleeper team all season long, but they have shown the ability to get hot at the right time and go on a run throughout the postseason in years past. That is something they will look to do once again this season as Jimmy Butler looks to lead the Miami Heat to another appearance in the NBA finals. However, they have a tough task ahead of them here on Tuesday night against Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks as Miami looks to further move up the standings with the regular season quickly coming to an end. 

Miami comes into this game holding onto the top playing spot in the conference, but they are only one game behind Indiana for a guaranteed playoff spot. They will look to surpass Indiana and it starts with grabbing a victory here in this game on Tuesday night against the New York Knicks at home. Miami comes into this game with 41 wins through their first 47 games of the season and they will look to grab their 42nd victory of the year here and this one. This is a very important game for the Miami Heat as they have been tough at home this season, and they will need this win to keep pace with Indiana throughout the rest of the year. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Miami is 28-18 against the East

- Heat are on a 2W streak; NY is on a 2L streak

- Miami is 19-17 at home 

I look for this to be a competitive back-and-forth game on Tuesday night in Miami. As I look for Jalen Brunson and Jimmy Butler to lead their teams down to the wire here in this one against each other. I look for both superstars to take over late in this game and trade buckets back-and-forth to determine the outcome of this contest. But in the end I do look for the Miami Heat to pick up a close victory over the New York Knicks at home. Not only do I look for the Miami Heat to pick up the victory but I also look for Miami to cover the spread in the process as well. 

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