The New York Knicks are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now and will take on the best team tonight in Miami. The Miami Heat have won three straight, after snapping their twenty-seven game winning streak against the Chicago Bulls. This game will be a primetime display on national TV, but it won’t be the matchup we were all hoping for.
Coach Eric Spoelsta will rest his two-mega superstars, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, along with point guard Mario Chalmers. This is good news for the Knicks who want to keep their winning streak alive and play their best basketball heading into the playoffs. Mike Woodson is probably going to be without his All-Star center Tyson Chandler, who hasn’t played since the Portland Trailblazers game on March 14th forcing him to miss nine straight games.
It would have been nice to see if the red hot Knicks challenge the Heat at full strength and see where they stand with them after losing to them 99-93 back on March 3rd. With LeBron and Wade out, this is very winnable game for the Knicks who are neck and neck with the Pacers for the 2nd seed. Here’s everything you need to know:
When: Tuesday, April 2nd at 8:00 P.M. EST
Where: American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida
Watch: TNT & MSG
When the Knicks have the ball: 99.4 PPG (11th in NBA), Heat: 95.3 points allowed (6th in NBA)
When the Heat have the ball: 103.3 PPG (5th in NBA), Knicks: 95.7 points allowed (8th in NBA)
Key Matchup: Kenyon Martin vs. Chris Bosh
This is basically a must win for the New York Knicks considering the game’s circumstances. Without LeBron, Wade, and Chalmers, I consider the Heat a so-so team at best. With the Pacers and Knicks in a heated race for the 2nd seed, the Knicks need to come out hard and get this victory in Miami.
Chris Bosh stepped up and beat the Spurs so Kenyon Martin will have to take him out of his element. Martin is a tough player and won’ back down from anyone. Bosh has the label of a “soft” player and will bully Bosh around. Bosh is the Heat’s best player tonight and if the Knicks can stop him, they should win this game without any problems. It is a rivalry game and the Heat did just beat the Spurs in San Antonio, so this game might not be as easy as Knicks fans think it will be.