The Miami Heat (59-30) are poised to sustain their hot run into the playoffs despite going on the road as they visit the 76ers (55-35) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Friday. In today’s game, the Heat emerged as slight 3-point favorites against the 76ers. See more predictions in the Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers odds and picks in FBR’s NBA Predictions series.
BEST ODDS TO BET ON:
- Underdogs: 76ers +3 (-110)
- 76ers vs Heat Over/Under: 210 points
The 76ers (42-47-1 ATS) are 5-0 SU in their last five games played on a Friday but are just 1-4 ATS in their last five. The total has gone OVER in four of Philadelphia’s last five matches when playing at home against Miami, even as the 76ers went 2-4 ATS in their last six outings played in May.
The Heat (51-37-1 ATS) went 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games and 6-1 SU in their last seven, even as the total has gone UNDER in six of Miami’s last seven matches. Miami pretty much dominated the first two games of the series at home but will need stronger performances from Jimmy Butler (21.4 points per game), Bam Adebayo (19.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and Sixth Man of the Year winner Tyler Herro (20.7 ppg) if the Heat want to move a win closer from reaching the conference finals.
Philadelphia should look at Game 3 as a must-win situation to avoid going into a 0-3 hole in the series. The status of MVP contender Joel Embiid, who averages 30.6 points and 11.7 rebounds during the regular season is filled with uncertainty among the 76ers, who will need more from All-Star guard James Harden (21.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 10.5 apg), Tyrese Maxey (17.5 ppg) and Tobias Harris (17.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) to extend the series.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread — 112 Miami Heat – 106 Philadelphia 76ers
- Over/Under — OVER 210 points
A look at last time’s predictions:
Bam Adebayo dominated inside with 23 points and nine rebounds, Jimmy Butler had 22 points and q12 assists while Victor Oladipo added 19 points off the bench on his 30th birthday to help the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-103, to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Devin Booker scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting while Chris Paul had 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix Suns repeated over the Dallas Mavericks, 129-109, to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series.
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