Miami faces New York Knicks with short bench

The basketball odds in Vegas took a major correction Tuesday when it was confirmed that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers would be ruled out for Tuesday’s contest between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks.


It’s the second straight game Miami (58-19) will be without three of its key components but the injuries did not stop them from 88-86 road win against West-leading San Antonio (55-19) on Sunday.


Miami HC Erik Spoelstra is expected to roll with the same lineup he used against the Spurs but the news forced sportsbooks to drop the line from Heat -8 down to -2.5 or even -2 at some outlets. The total is down from 196.5 to 193.5 and it could go even further as the Heat check if for this lone home date. Just three of the past 10 games between the Knicks and Heat have played over the number and Miami has stayed under the total nine-straight times following a game where they relied so heavily on the long ball.


Mike Miller was four of six from beyond the arc in the Heat’s latest victory and will likely start tonight in place of Wade. Rashard Lewis is in for LeBron with Norris Cole suiting up for Chalmers. The Heat drained 12 of 28 attempts (42.9-percent) in the two point win and that’s a great deal higher than their season averages of 8.4 three’s on 21.3 attempts (39.4-percent).


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