The Philadelphia 76ers travel on the road to the American Airlines Arena to take on the Miami Heat in a battle of Eastern Conference contenders. The 76ers have lost two straight games, the most recent on the road to the Boston Celtics in an 119-95 game falling to 31-19 on the season. The Miami Heat won on the road 102-89 on the road over the Orlando Magic to improve their record on the season to 33-15.
The Heat has allowed 107.9 points per game ranking 11th in scoring defense in the NBA while opponents are shooting just 44.3% from the field which ranks them 6th in the NBA in defensive shooting percentage. The 76ers are allowing just 105.9 points per game which rank 18th in the NBA while opponents are shooting 45.4% from the field.
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Head Head to Head
These teams have played 123 regular season games with Miami holding a lead 63 to 60. The Heat currently hold a 2-1 lead in the season series.
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Head Stats
The 76ers come in averaging 108.4 points per game to rank 23rd in the NBA while shooting 46.6% from the field ranking 9th. Leading the 76ers is all-star center Joel Embiid who is averaging a team-high in points with 23 and rebounds with 12.1 per game. Facilitating the offense is Ben Simons who leads the team with 8.2 assists per game while adding 16.7 points per game.
The Heat come in averaging 111.8 points per game ranking 14th in the NBA while shooting 47% ranking 8th in the NBA. Leading Heat is offseason acquisition Jimmy Butler who averages 20.3 points per game while adding a team-high 6.3 assists per game. Manning the front-court is Bam Adebayo who averages a double-double with 15.7 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Sixers fans couldn’t believe Jimmy Butler would want to willingly leave a supposed championship contender to join the “lowly” Heat last summer but the results have spoken for themselves. Butler has been the leader Miami needed after the retirement of Dwyane Wade and has fit seamlessly into the Heat culture of hard work and dedication to their craft without a thought of tanking for the hope of getting a high draft pick that could reverse their misfortunes.
Did I mention the Heat currently have a better record than the Sixers despite all those high draft picks and blockbuster acquisitions of All-Star Al Horford and Tobias Harris? Weird that their leader in last season’s playoffs wanted to jump ship but here we are and it’s quite apparent that Butler is happy in Miami with teammates that value his mindset and determination.
The main bright spot for the Sixers in an otherwise horrific performance was Ben Simmons continuing to show that whatever offensive struggles he had against the Celtics are a thing of the past. Ben was able to get the basket seemingly at will, finishing 9-of-14 from the field with four dunks. The only issue was the occasions when Simmons opted to be passive in obvious attack situations, which led to bad turnovers as he made awkward passes off his feet. They can’t stop you, Ben, and you were one of the few Sixers out there tonight giving more than a half-hearted effort. Take it yourself!
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Head News
Missing players 76ers: Josh Richardson (Hamstring) is out.
Missing players Heat: Justise Winslow (Back) is out.
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Head Odds
Spread:- 3 Heat
Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Head Predictions
The Miami Heat is one of the surprise teams in the NBA with a 26-20-2 record ATS on the year which is one of the best records ATS on the year. The 76ers have struggled with a 21-28-1 record ATS on the year and have covered the spread just once in their last five games. Watch the line movement. Philly has a hard time winning on the road. They don’t have adequate bench depth to compete with the elite teams. Philly hasn’t been covering for a good while. Miami wins at home and that’s the trend I’m rolling with along with the fact this team is fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball. Too many trends tell me how this game will go down. The Miami Hear handle the 76ers winning and covering the spread at home with a 109-98 game.