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Previewing the first meeting of the season between the #Heat and #Knicks

WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, New York

TV/RADIO: TNT/AM 790, FM 104.3 and AM 710 (Spanish)

SERIES: Knicks lead 58-43. This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

LINE: Heat by 8.

OFFICIALS: 

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RECORDS/STANDINGS:
 Heat (27-8)/Second in the East, 1.0 game back of the Pacers; First in the Southeast, 8.5 games ahead of the Hawks///Knicks (12-22)/11th in East, 15.5 games back of the Pacers, Fourth in the Atlantic Division, 5.0 games back of Toronto.

TRENDS/HEAT: 11-5 on the road; 8-2 in last 10; Won three in a row; 17-6 against East; 3-3 against Atlantic Division

TRENDS/KNICKS: 5-12 at home; 5-5 in last 10; Lost six in a row; 10-12 against East; 5-4 against Southeast Division

INJURY REPORT/HEAT: Greg Oden out (knee rehab), Shane Battier out (left quadriceps), Mario Chalmers out (Achilles tendinitis), Dwyane Wade probable (knee).

INJURY REPORT/KNICKS: Tyson Chandler doubtful (upper respiratory infection), Beno Udrih doubtful (inflammation of the left tibiofibular joint), Pablo Prigioni out (hairline fracture of right great toe), Metta World Peace out (sore left knee)

OF NOTE: Rashard Lewis will once again start for Shane Battier, who is missing his fourth straight game with a strained left quadriceps. Norris Cole will start in place of Mario Chalmers, who is out for his second game with pain in his Achilles tendon. Dwyane Wade did not participate in shootaround, but said he expects to play. Greg Oden did not travel to New York with the Heat. According to the team, Oden remained in Miami to work on his conditioning. 

STAT OF THE DAY: After going 9 of 9 from the field against the Magic, Chris Bosh is 5 of 16 from the field over his last two games. Overall, Bosh is shooting 53 percent from the field on the season.

STAT OF THE DAY II: The Heat is 13-2 in games when LeBron James shoots over 60 percent. Overall, he is shooting 58.9 percent from the field.

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