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2021 NBA Handicapping
(47-22) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat (38-31)
Date: Thursday, May 13th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -125 | Heat +105
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -1.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 217.5
On Thursday, May 13th, the Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat play for the third and final time this season. The 76ers have won both prior matches.
The Heat holds the all-time record between the clubs with 64 wins in 126 meetings. Last season, the teams played four times with the Heat winning three of the four contests.
With the 76ers sitting atop the Eastern Conference they seem poised to cement the top seed given they’ll play the Magic twice after this match.
The Nets sit 1.5 games back with two games remaining with the potential to collect 48 wins. All the 76ers need to do is tie the Nets to retain the top seed given they hold all the other tiebreakers.
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Given those facts it’s won’t be surprising if Doc Rivers rests some of his players in these final three games or limits their minutes. To wit, Joel Embiid is noted on the NBA injury report as questionable with a non-COVID illness.
Furkan Korkmaz (ankle sprain) and Shake Milton (knee soreness are probable while Matisse Thybulle (hand swelling) is questionable.
The Heat took care of business early this week defeating the Celtics to push their current win streak to three games in a row and six of their last seven matches.
Their priority is to avoid the play-in tournament and aim for a home-court seed. Miami is currently fifth, a game behind the Hawks, and tied with the sixth place Knicks.
They’ll attempt to secure the best possible seeding by beating the 76ers, Bucks, and Pistons but will need some help given the Hawks hold a one-game edge and won the season tiebreaker.
It has been a struggle for Victor Oladipo this season and the news Wednesday wasn’t good. His season included struggles to rediscover his pre-injury form and trade requests. His latter wish was met with a brief stop in Houston prior to landing at his desired destination (Miami).
The guard played only four games before injuring his knee. At the time of the incident Oladipo downplayed it but today the Heat announced the guard won’t play another game this year. Instead, he’ll undergo season-ending surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. That’s the same knee and injury that kept him off the court for a year.
It will be an interesting narrative to watch this offseason, especially how this impacts his free agency and whether the Heat will have any interest in re-signing him.
Jimmy Butler (eye contusion) is questionable to play on Thursday while Oladipo (knee) as noted is done for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The 76ers are 6-4 in the teams’ last 10 meetings.
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The teams are 7-3 in the over/under in their last 10 meetings.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Although the 76ers are invested in continuing their current rhythm the Heat are motivated to get the home-court seed. Since these teams could meet in the second round (if seeds stay the same and both win round one) that could result in both coaches playing a bit of cat and mouse, holding back strategic defensive schemes.
If Embiid doesn’t play it tips the scales in favor of the Heat, even without Butler.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +1.5
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