NBA on TNT: LA Lakers vs. Miami Heat, New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMarch 10, 2011

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The NBA and TNT are providing fans with two thrilling basketball betting games tonight, kicking off at 7 p.m. EST in Miami, Florida.


Los Angeles Lakers (46-19) vs. Miami Heat (43-21)

Miami enters this game on a brutal five-game losing streak while the Lakers have been virtually unstoppable as of late, winning eight consecutive games.

The Heat currently hold a 22-9 record at home, but have fallen short four straight times there, giving the Lakers and their 24-11 road record an advantage in tonight's game.

LA's defense has played spectacular during their recent eight game surge, giving up just 87 points as opposed to their sports betting season average of 95.2.

Center Andrew Bynum seems to be at full strength, averaging just under 17 RPG during his last three contests.

SBG Spread: Miami is +1

Prediction: Although Miami holds a 1-0 record against the Lakers this season, Gasol and Bynum's height advantage will cause chaos in the paint for the Heat during this battle. Expect the game to be a close one, with Los Angeles ultimately winning the game.


New York Knicks (34-29) vs Dallas Mavericks (46-18)

New York is coming off of a game winning jumper (thanks to Carmelo Anthony) against Memphis, and have now won three straight games.

Dallas fell short to the Hornets last night by one point and will look to grab their 47th win of the season in their own house, where they hold a 23-9 record.

The last time these two teams collided (without 'Melo), the Mavericks ended up victorious, defeating New York by 16 points in Madison Square Garden.

With Anthony now on board, the Mavericks will have a more difficult time grabbing the W.

Spread: New York is +5.5

Sportsbook Prediction: This game should be an exciting one and if the Knicks can hold the Mavericks to under 100 points, they'll have a good chance at covering the spread. Take New York to cover.