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DATE – Friday Nov. 27

TIME – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

TV – NBATV

 

LAST 5 MEETINGS

2/20/15 – Heat (-7) 111, at Knicks 87

2/9/15 – at Heat (-4.5) 109, Knicks 95

11/30/14 – Heat (-3.5) 86, at Knicks 79

4/6/14 – at Heat (-6.5) 102, Knicks 91

2/27/14 – at Heat (-8.5) 108, Knicks 82

 

Play in the Eastern Conference of the NBA in the 2015-16 season has been muddled thus far, as 10 teams, including Miami, were within two games of .500 through the first few weeks. But the fact that New York is in that grouping may be one of the biggest surprises in the early portion of the NBA season heading into Friday's Heat-Knicks game.

 

NBATV will nationally televise the Heat and Knicks game from Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Friday.

 

Neither the Heat nor the Knicks were in the playoffs last season. But while Miami was one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, New York was one game away from having the worst record in the entire NBA at 17-65. So for the Knicks to be hovering around the .500 mark in the first few weeks of this NBA season is a surprising start.

 

The Knicks were awful at home last season, winning only 10 times, and they lost twice in Heat-Knicks games at Madison Square Garden. By mid-November this season though, New York was 3-3 at home. Friday's Heat-Knicks game will be the first at home in a week and a half for New York, which will be coming off a four-game road trip.

 

Miami, meanwhile, will only be playing its fifth road game in the Heat-Knicks matchup. The Heat won only one of its first three games away from home in the early part of the season. Miami will play another road game at Detroit on Wednesday before it makes the trip to New York City.

 

Miami and New York have been involved in numerous defensive battles this season, as both teams rank in the lower third of NBA in scoring offense in the early part of the season. Both the Heat and Knicks rank in the top 10 of the league in defensive scoring average though, and Miami is near the top, allowing about 91.5 points per game. The Heat lead the league in opponent field goal percentage, as teams are shooting just over 40 percent against them thus far. Both Miami and New York have defended the 3-point shot especially well, both ranking in the top five in the NBA and both holding teams to less than 30 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

 

Carmelo Anthony is New York's clear cut scoring leader through the early portion of the NBA season, averaging better than 23 points per game and nearly 4 assists per game. Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has been a productive player for New York, as through the first 12 games of the season he is scoring 12.8 points per game and collecting 8.6 rebounds per game in just over 25 minutes per game.

 

The Heat and Knicks will play twice in a five-day span. In addition to Friday's game at Madison Square Garden, Miami and New York will play in Miami Monday. The Heat and Knicks will play again in Miami Jan. 6, while the Heat will return to New York City Feb. 28 for the final regular season game in the series this season.

 

New York has lost six straight in the Heat-Knicks series, five of which have been by double digit margins. New York has not been favored in a game in this series since April 2013. New York leads the all-time Heat-Knicks series, including playoff appearances, 73-64.