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(2-1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat (1-2)
Date: Saturday April 21, 2018
Time: 2:30PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -3
NBA Betting Total: 215
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Game three saw the return of Joel Embiid to the lineup for Philadelphia and it is fair to say that he was a difference maker. If they win again on the road you can make an argument that he might have swung the series for Philly.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks 287 of their 467 matches.
Joel Embiid is an exciting talent and definitely a part of the turnaround in Philly his season. But when they played so well without him it was natural to wonder what his impact would be, especially in his first playoff game.
Even though he was wearing that mask he showed just how much of a difference maker he can be in all facets of the game. Clearly Miami had no answer for him which must be demoralizing because on paper it looked like they would.
With Embiid in the lineup Ersan Ilyasova saw his role reduced. Obviously the effort was a win so I am not expecting any adverse reaction from the veteran. Amir Johnson also saw a lot less time which was to be expected.
Once again Ben Simmons was a zero on the perimeter and once again he nearly had a triple double. As much as Embiid changes things Simmons has been driving this bus all season long and Miami seems to have no answer.
Marco Bellinelli was bombs away and was a +20 for the game. That was second only to Simmons so you can see how important he has become to this team in just a short while.
Miami is in trouble. Game three cost them whatever advantage they had gained by wining in Philly and proved they have no real answer for Embiid. I am trying to remember why Hassas Whiteside even has a job in the league at this point.
Whiteside was awful once again, putting up little resistanse to Embiid nor creating anything for himself. A funny metric shows that Justise Winslow had a double-double with 19 and 10 but was a minus 28 for the game. So much contributing on defense I guess.
Though I do like coach Erik Spoelstra and expect him to have a strong game plan to even the series I am wondering what Miami is really going to do. What is evident more than I thought is that if Philly plays well Miami is no match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 7-1 in 76ers last 8 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Heat last 4 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Over is 6-1 in Heat last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The Sixers result gave them an extra point in the opening line for this one. Hard to argue.
Now that Embiid is back I am of the mind that Miami might exit meekly. I guess that is supposed to happen with #3 vs. #6
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers -3
I think it will be more of the same with Philadelphia delivering the more complete effort.
NBA Free Score Prediction: 76ers 112 – Miami 101
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