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Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 1 – Game 1
Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -300, Heat +245
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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Surprisingly this game grabbed the Saturday night prime time slot but I guess the 76ers fantastic push to the playoffs has NBA and television execs pretty excited too. They are definitely on a roll but I am not totally sold that this is a team that is going to blitz an experienced Miami team in their return to the playoffs.
I do not like Miami’s long term prospects but for this series they are going to give the 76ers all they can handle beginning with game 1.
Miami is looking to parlay their recent playoffs experience and punch the 76ers in the mouth. They are hoping they are not going to respond well to adversity.
The key for the Heat starts in the middle with Hassan Whiteside. When he is healthy and at his best he can be of the best true center in the game and he outplayed Joel Embiid the last time these two teams met (and Miami won).
In that same game Dwyane Wade channeled the fountain of youth with 16 points off the bench. He is as experienced as it gets on either time and he is going to play. Miami has to get some production from those minutes.
Goran Dragic is the Heat’s leading scorer but I wouldn’t really call him a difference maker. Still, this team has too many spots where scoring is less than consistent. Two season’s ago he was not great in the playoffs. They need more from this spot.
I predicted the Heat would win the series and I think that starts with an upset in game one. I think they will also cover too of course.
Whiteside above is questionable while Embiid is doubtful as this is being written. I suppose that means he is less likely to play and since we haven’t seen him on the court since March 28 there has to be reason for concern. Sure they have won 8 straight since but only two of those were against playoff teams and one the final game of the season.
Without Enbiid Ben Simmons has been forced to pick up his game. He is probably the rookie of the year but I am concerned by his inability to make a three point shot. He literally has not made one all season long and even though every opponent knows that Miami is going to be especially dialed in to making him shoot from some distance, even if it is not all the way to arc.
JJ Reddick is a playoff veteran and a lethal outside shooter. He also has lower back issues that could impact his availability for game one. I think he probably guts it out but his game is predicated on constant movement and Miami is going to play him extra tight. If they are sound defensively I expect him to struggle.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 4-0 in Heat last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 5-0 in Heat last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Under is 7-1 in Heat last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
Under is 4-0 in 76ers last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
Under is 6-0 in 76ers last 6 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
76ers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
Free Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
You have to make the 76ers the favourites but I worry that they have peaked too soon, even if they win the series.
The number is fair. Miami will look to slow this down and work it through Whiteside, assuming he is available to them.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +6.5
I am going to put something down on the money line too. The Heat stop the 76ers streak in the first game of the series.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 97 – Philadelphia 92
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