The second round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs continues tonight as the New York Knicks square off with the Miami Heat for Game 6 of their series. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Heat up 3-2 in the series and looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami enters the game as a 6.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The total is installed at 208. The Heat are -245 on the moneyline while the Knicks are +205.
The officiating crew for the game will be led by crew chief Scott Foster. He will joined by referee Kevin Scott and umpire Tre Maddox. Sean Corbin will serve as the alternate. Foster is one of the more seasoned officials in the league with 29 seasons under his belt. He’s also arguably the least popular official amongst both star players and fans alike, making a slew of controversial calls in key moments throughout his career. In the playoffs, he’s gotten the nickname “The Extender” for making calls that seemingly extend series.
If you’re considering betting on the Heat, better take a look at how they fare with Foster as the ref. Shoutout to Tom Haberstroh for this graphic.
️ Scott Foster is officiating NYK-MIA Game 6 tonight.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 12, 2023
The Miami Heat have lost 10 straight games with Scott Foster officiating dating back to last season.
1-12 W-L last two seasons, 3-10 against the spread. pic.twitter.com/ZwVllwh814
Through 58 games he called during the regular season, the home team won 70.7% of the games. And through his nine games in the playoffs so far, the home team has emerged victorious six times and have a 2.8 free throw attempt advantage on the visitors.