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Bet on the NBA This Thursday January 7th the Miami Heat will brave the storm up north to take on the New York Knicks in Madison Square. The Heat recently ended a four-game losing streak at 120-103 vs. the Toronto Raptors.

Unfortunately for Miami, their team is riddled with injury. Chris Bosh is out, Dwyane Wade is dealing with crippling migraines, and LeBron James missed two games this month due to an ankle injury. All together the Heat’s top scoring players haven’t joined each other on the court since January 12th. The status of D-Wade in particular is of utmost importance, so be sure to keep checking out Bet Royal for the injury report and further updates leading up to tipoff before betting on the NBA.

In the game last Saturday vs. the Raptors, the Heat went in as the 10.5 point favorites. LeBron scored 38 points on 14-of-29 shooting from the field and also had 11 rebounds and six assists. Mike Miller, picking up the scoring load, finished with a season-high 32 points while also pulling down 10 boards in the victory. However, James is averaging 38.6 points on 56.4 percent shooting in his last five trips to MSG, and Wade scored a career-high 55 against the Knicks on March 12, 2009.

As for the New York Knicks, they recently lost to the Washington Wizards at home 115-106. Their star player, Amare Stoudemire accounted for 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Wilson Chandler put up 25 points and seven rebounds in the much-needed victory.

Sportsbook lists the Miami Heat as the minus three point road favorites this week with the total over under at 208.5.

Coming in, the Heat are 1-3-1 ATS in their previous five road contests and have the same mark in their last five games overall. The Knicks meanwhile have racked up a 23-10-1 ATS record over their previous 34 games overall and will try to add to that at home on Thursday. Stoudemire ranks second in the NBA this season, averaging 26.1 points - just ahead of James' 25.9. He's averaging 27.3 points while helping New York post an 11-9 record at MSG.


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