Game 2 of the most anticipated series of the first round of the NBA Playoffs kicks off Monday night.
The Heat look to take a 2-0 series lead over the Knicks as the two teams get underway in Miami. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on TNT. If you can't get to a television, you can watch the live stream online here.
Miami dominated New York in the first game of the series. The Heat won 100-67, and the contest was never close in the second half. LeBron James scored 32 points in 32 minutes of action. Dwayne Wade added 19 points.
The Knicks enter Game 2 extremely banged up.
Tyson Chandler started Game 1, despite suffering from the flu, and is expected to play Monday night as well. Point guard Baron Davis has an ailing back, but is also expected to try to play. Rookie Iman Shumpert is out for the rest of the postseason after tearing his ACL on Saturday.
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Landry Fields will replace Shumpert in the starting lineup for New York. Look for Toney Douglas to get a lot of minutes after not playing in the first game. J.R. Smith could also see increased minutes because of the injuries.
The Knicks could certainly use Jeremy Lin with all of their injuries. Lin hasn't played in over a month with a torn meniscus in his knee, and wasn't expected to return in round one of the playoffs. The point said he won't play in Games 2 or 3, but he could return after that. Lin has been working to return before the Knicks season ends, and stated that there's a chance he'll be ready for the fourth game of the series.
New York never had a chance in Game 1. Miami went on a 32-2 run between the second and third quarter, and the Knicks stars never got on track. Carmelo Anthony hit three of his 15 shot attempts. Amare Stoudemire finished the game with just nine points.
The Heat were also the beneficiaries of some very favorable whistles. Miami shot 33 free throws to New York's 11.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
PREDICTION: It will be nearly impossible for the Knicks to play as badly as they did in Game 1. Anthony should have a bounce back game after putting up one of his worst performances of the season. It will be a close one, but Miami will find a way to pull out a victory. Fields will be forced to guard Wade with Shumpert out of the lineup, and this is a matchup that heavily favors Miami. The Knicks haven't beaten the Heat this season. Don't expect it to happen in Game 2.
PREDICTED SCORE: Miami over New York, 92-87