Heat vs. Knicks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NBA Playoffs Game 2 (New York Evens Series at Home)
The 2022-23 NBA Playoffs continue on Sunday with Game 2 of the second-round series between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks. Miami came away with the Game 1 win on the road as the Knicks played without All-Star forward Julius Randle.
Randle should be back for Game 2, but nothing is certain yet. Heat star Jimmy Butler suffered his own ankle injury in Game 1, which could put his Game 2 status in jeopardy as well.
Heat vs. Knicks Game Info
- Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York, New York
- Coverage: TNT
The Knicks will need to get a Game 2 win to guarantee another game being played at Madison Square Garden. They will hope to be back at full strength and rely on the Garden crowd once again to create a hostile environment for Miami.
Heat vs. Knicks Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: MIA: (+235) | NYK: (-290)
- Spread: MIA: +7 (-110) | NYK: -7 (-110)
- Total: TBD -- Over: (TBD) | Under: (TBD)
The Knicks enter Game 2 as the clear home favorites immediately following their Game 1 loss. This could be due to the expected return of Randle as well as the questionable status of Butler, so keep an eye on these odds as Game 2 approaches.
Heat vs. Knicks Betting Trends
- The Knicks are 6-4 straight up over their last 10 games.
- The Knicks are 25-19 straight up at home this year.
- The Heat are 20-25 straight up on the road this year.
- Miami is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games at New York.
Heat vs. Knicks Prediction & Pick
The Knicks' backs are up against the wall in Game 2. They cannot afford to go to Miami down 2-0. The expectation that Randle will return from his injury is a huge boost for New York after the team blew a double-digit lead at home in Game 1.
The Knicks were abysmal from three-point range in Game 1, shooting worse than 25 percent from beyond the arc and missing what seemed like countless wide-open opportunities. New York was terrible from the free throw line as well, shooting just 60 percent from the charity stripe.
Both marks were well below the norm for the Knicks, who would have likely won Game 1 convincingly if they'd just shot their season averages. With better shooting and Randle back in the fold, New York should even the series at home on Tuesday.
Final Score Prediction: Knicks: 107 | Heat: 96
Check out more NBA Playoffs content from The Duel:
Heat vs. Knicks Best Bet
With limited betting options as of the writing of this article and almost no value on the moneyline, we are going to take the Knicks against the spread here. New York has the third-best ATS record in the NBA this season at 48-36-4, including 31-23-3 ATS with equal rest to their opponent.
On the whole this postseason, the Knicks are 4-2 ATS. They have answered the call all postseason when they needed to step up in big moments, so expect them to do the same here.
Bet: New York Knicks -7 (-110)
David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.