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Where: Madison Square Garden, New York.
When: Sunday 2 February, 01:30 GMT
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The Miami Heat head to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night hoping to prevent the New York Knicks from sealing five straight home wins.
New York (19-27) have won four in a row at the Garden after initially losing three on the bounce in an eight-game homestand, and are averaging 116.5 points during that win streak.
“It is starting to feel a lot better here on our home court to win basketball games,” said Carmelo Anthony, shooting 49.4 percent from 3-point range in 16 contests since returning from a sprained ankle. “We’re just trying to keep it going.”
However, experts have suggested that the Knicks haven’t really faced stiff competition in that run of victories, and they will likely face a much tougher test against LeBron James and the defending champions.
The Knicks did defeat the Heat 102-92 at the start of January to go 10-6 during the month, while Anthony has averaged 36.6 points in the last five games against Miami.
They will be eager to keep that run going against the Heat (32-13) who are hoping to bounce back from their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in mid-week.
The biggest criticism of the Heat so far this season is that they appear to be coasting as they lack the same intensity on the defensive end, however, coach Erik Spoelstra will know that they must show up on Saturday if they are to return home with the win.
It is unclear at this stage as to whether or not Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire will return from injury in time, while Dwyane Wade is expected to play to join James and Chris Bosh in the starting line-up.