Knicks Visit Heat To Open Thursday NBA Doubleheader

By: Michael Robinson | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New York Knicks at Miami Heat
12/6/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Miami -7½, O/U 202½
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Television: TNT

New York Knicks: The Knicks (13-4 straight-up, 11-6 against the spread) will be playing the second half of a back-to-back after edging Charlotte 100-98 on Wednesday. They’re a solid 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games in that situation. New York has found the road much tougher this year at 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS, compared to 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS at Madison Square Garden. Leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (finger) is listed as probable on the NBA injury report after hurting himself against the Bobcats.

Miami Heat: Miami (12-4 SU, 7-9 ATS) should be playing angry after an embarrassing 105-101 loss Tuesday at Washington as 10-point favorites. That snapped a six-game winning streak and made the Heat 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. There are injury concerns with Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and Norris Cole all questionable and Shane Battier already out (click to check updated NBA injury report). These teams met in the Big Apple in early November with the Knicks getting a big 104-84 win as 6-point ‘dogs. New York is 0-4 SU and ATS in the last four in South Beach.

Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns
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12/6/2012 at 10:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Phoenix -3½, O/U 199½
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Television: TNT

Dallas Mavericks: The Mavericks (8-10 SU, 7-11 ATS) will be dealing with some fatigue after losing 112-90 at the Clippers on Wednesday night. They are 1-4 ATS in their last five games on zero days rest. Newly signed point guard Derek Fisher is now starting over Darren Collison. The team is 2-6 SU and 3-5 ATS away this season.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns (7-12 SU, 6-12-1 ATS) return home after a six-game road trip, losing the last four (0-2-1 ATS). They have been much more successful at home overall (5-3 SU) but are just 2-6 ATS. The team is last in the league in scoring defense, surrendering 102.9 points per game, while ranking a mediocre 14th in offense (98.4 ppg) with point guard Goran Dragic (15.5 ppg) as the leading scorer. Phoenix won the last meeting against the Mavs in March, 96-94 as 3½-point home ‘dogs, with Dallas 8-0 SU and ATS in the previous eight.

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