So far this season, the Knicks have made easy work of the Miami Heat. Leading the series 2-0, the Knicks will look to go 3-0 in the season series this upcoming Sunday. If you know basketball, you don't need anybody to tell you what to look for this game.
Rebounds are going to be important—both squads love to shoot the long ball, so extra possessions will be key. Tyson Chandler will have a field day against the likes of Chris Bosh or any undersized big Miami throws his way, but the Heat are no slouch this time of year.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are riding a 12-game win streak, but on the road they are prone to slow starts. If Carmelo and company don't shoot the lights out and share the ball, they will not win. Controlling turnovers will also be key, and if they can spread the floor against Miami they will have a puncher's chance. If this becomes Carmelo one-on-five against Miami, it will get ugly.
Miami's vicious transition attack can be equalized against opponents who get hot from behind the arc, and having the home-court advantage certainly helps.
The Knicks will shoot the ball well, but Miami is playing with a heightened sense of intensity that will be too much for New York.
Final score: Knicks lose, 105-100
Updated record: 35-21