The thrill and anticipation of a high-stakes sports bet are equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s expected that tonight’s game between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks will live up to the standard set by their previous meetings. Knicks star power forward Julius Randle has been making waves in the league, and bettors are eager to cash in on his popularity.

As we go deeper into this game, we’ll look at what makes Randle such a desirable wagering target for both the Knicks and Heat and provide a general summary to assist you make the best possible decisions.

Our free NBA picks and predictions for the Heat vs. Knicks game on March 22 will help you make the best possible wager.

Knicks vs Heat picks and predictions

The momentum that Julius Randle has built after scoring a career-high 57 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves will serve him well tonight against the Miami Heat. This is the first time we’ve seen him play better basketball than he is right now. Given his season-long dominance over the Heat, Randle will likely finish with over 35.5 points and rebounds tonight.

Randle can stop?

While Randle’s record versus the Miami Heat could be better historically, this season has proven otherwise. He was a game-changer with 33 points and 33 boards in the first meeting between the two clubs.

In the rematch, Randle’s stellar play continued, as he finished with a career-high 52 points and 52 boards. He shot an unbelievable 16-25 from the field, including a perfect 8-8 from beyond the arc.

Since no Heat starter is taller than 6’9″, Randle may take advantage of their lack of height by grabbing an average of 8.2 boards each game for himself. The Heat’s total rebounding prowess has been subpar, as they currently sit in the 17th spot in the NBA (49.7).

With his recent play, his season-long dominance over the Heat, and their weaknesses in the rebounding department, it is reasonable to anticipate that Randle will end with over 35.5 points and rebounds tonight. With Randle playing so well and the Heat having trouble stopping him, my money and faith would be on him.

Knicks vs Heat spread analysis

The Knicks were -1.5 favorite against the spread as of early Wednesday morning. The two games played thus far this season between the Knicks and the Heat both resulted in Knicks wins against the spread (ATS). Given that Miami is ranked 25th in offense and 24th in true shooting percentage (56.9%), this makes one wonder if the Heat can keep up with the Knicks.

The Knicks have a potent offense led by three players averaging almost 70 points per game: Randle, Jalen Brunson, and RJ Barrett. The Heat will need to find a method to contain this trio. The following statistic should be considered: The 115.4 points scored by the Knicks per game is 5.9 more than the 109.5 points allowed by the Heat on average. When scoring more than 109.5 points, New York’s record is 30-18 ATS and 31-17 overall, while Miami’s record is 23-29-3 ATS and 35-20 overall, allowing 115.4 points or less.

The -1.5 spread in favor of the Knicks makes sense, considering these numbers and the Knicks’ performance versus the Heat this season. With their offense stagnating, Miami must find a way to contain the Knicks’ dynamic scoring trio while also increasing their own offensive output if they want to maintain pace with New York tonight.

Knicks vs Heat Over/Under analysis

Most bookies have placed the Over/Under for tonight’s game between the Knicks and the Heat at 220.5-221. The Over/Under has gone both ways in their last two meetings this season, and the outcome of this game will likely be determined by the performance of the Knicks’ fourth-ranked offense versus the Heat’s sixth-ranked defense.

Insights into tonight’s Over/Under from recent trends are possible. While this is a high-stakes game for both teams, the Under has cashed in five of the last six Heat home games against opponents with a winning road record.

The Knicks’ tendency to focus harder on defense after allowing 140 points to a weakened Timberwolves team on Monday night may explain why the Under has struck in five of their previous six games immediately following a straight-up loss. If you’re interested in making a bet on this game, check out our NBA betting guides for tips and strategies.

Considering everything, I’m leaning toward picking the Under in tonight’s game.