New York (31-28) is currently tied with Philadelphia for the seventh and eighth seeds but holds the tiebreaker.
Miami (41-17) lost 96-86 in overtime in Chicago on Thursday. LeBron James missed a game-sealing free throw that allowed the Bulls to make an improbable comeback without Derrick Rose, essentially locking the Heat into the two seed.
The first meeting between these two teams lacked Carmelo Anthony, who missed the 99-89 January 27th Knicks’ loss with a bad wrist.
But both those games took place in Miami where the Heat are 25-4.
Miami sports a pedestrian 16-13 record on the road, just 3-8 in the All-Star break.
The Knicks are outscoring teams by 20.5 at home since the All-Star break and forcing 20 turnovers per game.
Said James, “I don’t know if it’s a statement game but we want to play better on the road.”
Seven of Miami’s last eight road losses were against winning teams.
Iman Shumpert will play despite suffering a sprained ankle in Friday’s 103-65 win over Washington.
Dwyane Wade, who sat out Friday’s blowout over Charlotte, is also expected to play Sunday.