The Heat made a strong statement in their Christmas Day dismantling of the L.A. Lakers. Will they avoid a letdown against a hungry Knicks team on Tuesday?

It was certainly a merry Christmas for Miami as they thoroughly outplayed the reigning world champions for a 96-80 road win. As anticipated, Dwyane Wade returned to the starting lineup, though he did shoot just 6-of-17 from the floor for 18 points.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh were the two members of the Heat who dominated proceedings. LeBron was phenomenal, accounting for 27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. Bosh had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the momentous victory in Los Angeles. 

Meanwhile the up-and-coming Knicks have won two straight (defeating Chicago and Oklahoma City) following a three-game skid.  

Like Miami, New York also covered on Christmas Day with a superb 103-95 win over the Bulls. All five Knicks starters scored at least 14 points, with Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton sharing the team-lead with 20 points each. 


Heat odds-on favorites in Tuesday NBA action


New York KnicksNew York Knicks has surprised many people with how well they've been playing this season, and you can tell they have exceeded expectations simply by looking at their 20-9-1 ATS record. 

NBA betting oddsmakers have obviously been undervaluing the Knicks, but will it continue now that they've emerged as a legitimate contender?

Mike D'Antoni's troop has covered in nine of the last 10 road games its played, and are a brilliant 16-5 ATS in the team's last 21 contests overall. 

The Heat have been just as good, going 11-3 ATS in their previous 14 games. They are however just 4-10 versus the spread in their last 14 games in Miami. 

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Can Amar'e carry the Knicks on his back yet again?


When these two squads met just over 10 days ago, the Miami Heat completely dominated and left the Big Apple with the 113-91 win. LeBron had a triple-double in that game, and who's going to be able to stop him from a similar boxscore in Tuesday's rematch? 

The King seems to love playing the Knicks, as evident by averages of 34.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.7 rebounds in three games versus New York in the 2009-10 season. 

In addition, D-Wade and Bosh have had success against D'Antoni's squad recently, averaging 29.3 and 22.5 points respectively against their Eastern Conference foes last season. 

New York has not covered versus Miami in the last five meetings, and I just don't see that trend changing here on Tuesday. 

The Heat are on an unbelievable run and should be feeling extremely good about themselves after that  confident performance versus the Lakers. Roll with Miami to cover at home. 

FREE NBA Pick: Heat and OVER

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