NBA: New York Knicks at Miami Heat.
Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 8:05 ET (ESPN)
Preview of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade facing Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire for the first time.

Knicks:
New York is coming off an embarrassing loss to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the SU loss, optimism is still high in New York thanks to the trade that brought F Carmelo Anthony and PG Chauncey Billups to town. Tonight is a huge opportunity for the Knicks, as they can make quite the statement with their new team against one of the elite teams in the NBA. The Knicks are 29-27 SU and 33-21-2 ATS overall this year. New York is 13-15 SU and 19-8 ATS on the road this season. The Knicks are an impressive 19-7 ATS as the listed underdog this year. Obviously with last week's trade, any and all trends can be somewhat misleading because of the roster shakeup. New York is averaging 106.4 PPG this season, 2nd most in the NBA. With Anthony in the fold, the Knicks have 2 of the 5 most prominent scorers in the NBA. Anthony is averaging 25.3 PPG this season, while shooting 50.1% in the process. F Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 26.1 PPG and a team high 8.6  RPG this season. The Knicks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU loss. New York is 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. New York is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against the NBA Southeast. The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Knicks are 19-7-1 ATS last 27 games as a road underdog.

Under is 8-3 last 11 road games.
Injuries: F Carmelo Anthony (elbow) is probable.

Are the Knicks simply too weak on defense? [NY Post]

Heat (-8.5, O/U 216): Miami is in a heated battle with the Boston Celtics for the best record in the Eastern Conference. These two heavyweights figure to battle for the rest of the regular season for the crucial home court advantage in the East. Since the Heat have failed to beat the Celtics this year, it's critical that they finish above Boston in the standings, giving them homecourt advantage. The Heat are 43-16 SU and 29-29-1 ATS overall this year. Miami is an impressive 22-5 SU at home this year. From an ATS standpoint, the Heat are far more profitable on the road than at home. Miami is just 10-16 ATS in home games this season. The Heat are also 2-6 ATS as a home favorite between 6.5 and 9 PTS this year. F LeBron James has been dynamic this year, having arguably his finest season ever. James is averaging Heat highs of 26.2 PPG and 7.2 APG, along with 7.5 RPG this year. Miami is allowing just 94.4 PPG this year, 6th fewest in the NBA. The Heat are 4-1  ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. Miami is 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest. The Heat are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning SU record. Miami is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against the NBA Atlantic Division.

Heat are 6-1 ATS last 7 Sunday games.  

Over is 5-0 last 5 games following an ATS loss.

Injuries F Mike Miller (ear) is probable.

History of Knicks/Heat rivalry [The Province]

Projected Score: Miami 117, New York 101

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