Butler, Heat take on the Knicks
Miami Heat (29-23, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (27-25, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat take on Julius Randle and the New York Knicks on Thursday.
The Knicks are 18-15 in conference play. New York ranks third in the league with 47.3 rebounds led by Randle averaging 10.9.
The Heat are 13-14 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami has a 7-6 record in games decided by at least 10 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jalen Brunson is averaging 22.8 points and 6.2 assists for the Knicks. Randle is averaging 28.2 points over the last 10 games for New York.
Butler is averaging 22 points, six rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.1 steals for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.9 points over the last 10 games for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Knicks: 4-6, averaging 115.8 points, 47.2 rebounds, 20.8 assists, 4.6 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.6 points per game.
Heat: 7-3, averaging 107.1 points, 44.6 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 9.1 steals and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.6 points.
INJURIES: Knicks: Mitchell Robinson: out (thumb).
Heat: Nikola Jovic: out (back), Omer Yurtseven: out (ankle), Duncan Robinson: out (finger).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.