Heat to take series stranglehold with Game 4 win over the Knicks

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  • Bam Adebayo dominated Julius Randle in a blowout win over New York in Game 3 
  • TNT airs Game 4 from the Kaseya Center in Miami, FL on Monday, May 8th at 7:30pm

Jimmy Butler returned from an ankle sprain to score 28 points in a resounding 105-86 victory on Saturday. After leading Game 3 from wire-to-wire, the Heat now hold a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven-series. While New York was one of the best road teams in the NBA in the regular season, they’ll need a much stronger effort in Miami on Monday night.

Will the Knicks even up the series or will Erik Spoelstra’s club move one step closer to the Eastern Conference Finals? Before we look at the opening line for Friday’s contest, check out the latest 2023 NBA Playoff Betting Odds and our guide to betting on NBA basketball.

Heat vs Knicks

BetOnline ReviewSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
New York Knicks+4.5 (-110)+155Ov 206 (-110)
Miami Heat-4.5 (-110)-175Un 206 (-110)

Bam bulldozes Randle

Miami put on a defensive clinic in Game 3, forcing the Knicks into tough shots all night. Tom Thibodeau’s squad shot just 34 percent from the floor, going 8-of-40 from beyond the arc. New York was behind by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter and never pulled within 12 during the final frame.

Bam Adebayo registered 17 points and 12 rebounds while making Julius Randle’s life a living hell. The big man was held to 4-of-15 shooting from the field. After missing Game 2 with an ankle injury, Jimmy Butler was sharp in his return, with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists. He’s scored 25 or more points in all seven of the playoff games he’s suited up for this spring.

Tempers flare in Game 2

After failing to reach 90 points for only the second time all season, New York will have to find a way to match the Heat’s physicality in Game 3. That could mean even more fireworks in the series. On Saturday, the two teams brought back memories of their battles in the 90’s with a heated shoving match under the basket.

Trying to avoid an almost-insurmountable 3-1 series deficit, New York might be without Immanuel Quickley on Monday night. The Sixth Man of the Year finalist left Game 3 with an ankle injury after colliding with Adebayo.

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Miami vs New York

Miami is a 4.5-point home favorite on Monday night. While the Heat were the third-worst team at covering the spread at home during the regular season (16-26-2), they’re a perfect 3-0 ATS this postseason. They’ve won all three of their home dates so far, including two victories over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.

Meanwhile, the Knicks are now 2-2 away from home in the playoffs. New York covered in almost two-thirds (65.9%) of their road contests in the regular season. They’re 17-16 straight up as a road underdog in 2022-23, the best record in all of the NBA. Game 4’s over/under is set at a miniscule 206 points.

Best Bet

Miami can secure their third trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in four years with a victory on Monday. In addition to the OVER on 206.5, we like Jimmy Butler and the Heat to take a strangle-hold on the series and cover the 4.5 points against the Knicks.

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