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NBA Lines – Miami Heat Visit New York Knicks

Posted by Brett Nielson on 1/27/2011 11:32:31 PM

Can the return of  Dwayne Wade be enough to spark a Miami Heat victory over the New York Knicks this NBA Lines Thursday?

(31-13) Miami Heat at (23-21) New York Knicks
Live from Madison Square Garden – NY
Kickoff: 8:00 PM EST Thursday, January 27, 2010
Broadcast: TNT

The Miami Heat have been struggling the past few NBA lines games due to numerous injuries to key players.

Miami’s $14.5 million-dollar-man LeBron James was the first of the infamous trio to suffer from an injury.

LeBron injured his left ankle on January 12 in an NBA lines matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. James was forced to miss the Heat’s following two games – both of which they lost.

The next of Miami’s superstar trio to get injured was power forward Chris Bosh. Bosh injured his left ankle on January 15 and the timetable for his return was set at 1 to 2 weeks.

Dwayne Wade, the last member of the Heat’s all-star trio, has also not been able to escape the injury bug.

Wade has been suffering from migraines as of late, and was forced to miss his last NBA lines matchup. Reports indicate that Wade has been able to practice fully with goggles; and will be listed as probable for Thursday’s game.

Wade will clearly prove to be the difference maker during this matchup, just as he did the last time these two teams met.

He put up 40 points (his second-highest total of the year) the last time against New York, shooting 13-for-28 (46.4 field goal percentage) and 13-16 on free throws.

If the 7-year-pro can perform in the same fashion this NBA lines Thursday, I can’t imagine a scenario in which the Heat don’t come away with the win.

Brett’s Prediction: Miami Heat: 115, New York Knicks: 102

Nielson Notice: The Miami Heat have beaten the New York Knicks by at least 8 points in both of their meetings so far this season.

NBA Lines Pick: Miami Heat

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