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(29-22) Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers (24-24)
Date: Friday February 2
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Sixers -4
NBA Betting Total: 203
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Friday February 2, finds the Miami Heat arriving at Wells Fargo Center to play the Philadelphia 76ers for the first meeting to the squads this season. Miami pushed the Cavaliers to the final shot prior to losing. The 76ers also lost in their last game, but the Nets won their match easily.
Last season the squads played four times splitting the season series. The Heat holds the all-time record having bested the 76ers in 58 of their 113 matches.
James Johnson had an opportunity to capture victory in the closing seconds of the game versus the Cavaliers, but solid defense by LeBron James prevented him from getting off a shot.
In fact, Miami had several chances down the stretch to win, but shots kept missing including a Tyler Johnson trey. The Heat may have used up all their energy earlier in the match having to recover from a 14 point deficit.
Regardless, it was a tough loss on a night where the Cavaliers played their first game without Kevin Love and LeBron James had seven turnovers (though he did score 24 points and had 11 rebounds.
Udonis Haslem is away from the team tending to a personal matter and not expected to play. Dion Waiters (ankle), Okaro White (foot) and Rodney McGruder (leg) all remain out.
In the first opportunity Joel Embiid had to play in a back to back game he chose not to. He did suit up versus the Nets and was managed well by former Sixers teammate Jahlil Okafor. The loss marked the Sixers third in a row.
That said, Embiid is a beast who can win a game for the Sixers virtually on his own and will post the greatest challenge for Miami. Hassan Whiteside who has been playing better of late will get the call on the matchup.
The Sixers have been solid particularly defensively, but face a scrappy, physical Heat team. Given the Sixers lost to the Nets last game and allowed them to shoot with a high efficiency they’ll need to be much more dialed in versus the Heat.
In the loss, Joel Embiid scored 29 points with 14 rebounds and Ben Simmons chipped in 24 points. Plus J.J. Redick returned to the lineup after missing seven due to a leg injury and was an immediate factor contributing 20 points.
Jerryd Bayless is nursing a sore wrist and therefore isn’t expected back for this match. Furkan Korkmaz (leg) and will definitely remain out
In another ongoing storyline rookie Markelle Fultz continues to recover from the shoulder injury which has kept him out all season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 20-6 in Heats last 26 Fri. games.
- 76ers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Fri. games.
- 78ers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southeast.
Free Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction: Take the Heat and the points
Miami are a squad who play physical and aggressive defensive. While the Sixers return home, they are just returning from a road trip which is historically a hard game for home squads to compete in. That said, I think it’s a close match so take the Heat and the points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +4
Though the Heat could shock the Sixers should get the job done at home to capture the win, but the Heat cover the points.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Sixers 100 – Heat 98
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