The Eastern Conference elimination rounds start Wednesday with Game 2 of the best-of-7 arrangement between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Warm effortlessly won Amusement 1 and will see to require a 2-0 lead over the Sixers, who are shorthanded. The amusement starts at 7:30 p.m. ET from FTX Field (TNT). We look at the 76ers vs. Warm chances and lines and grant our master NBA choices, expectations, and wagers underneath.
Game 2 Miami Heat: The Heat won 106-92 on Monday, outscoring the Sixers 56-41 in the last two quarters. SG Tyler Herro (25 points) and C Bam Adebayo (24) led the way, while SF Jimmy Butler scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and assisted three times. Adebayo recorded the night’s lone double-double, with 12 rebounds to go with his 24 points.
C is not playing for the Sixers. Joel Embiid is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in the first round. In Game 1, James Harden struggled, going 5 of 13 from the field for 16 points and nine rebounds. With 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, Tobias Harris tried his best to carry the offense.
76ers at Heat odds and lines
The odds are provided by OKBET Sportsbook for a complete list. Lines were last updated at 10:24 a.m. ET.
- Money line: 76ers +320 (bet 100 to win 320) | Heat -420 (bet 420 to win 100)
- Against the spread (ATS): 76ers +8.5 (-120) | Heat -8.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 207.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
76ers at Heat key injuries
- C Joel Embiid (facial fracture) out
- SG Tyler Herro (ankle) questionable
- PG Kyle Lowry (hamstring) out
- SF P.J. Tucker (calf) questionable
- SF Caleb Martin (ankle) questionable
- G Max Strus (hamstring) questionable
- SG Gabe Vincent (knee) questionable
76ers at Heat picks and predictions
Heat 110, 76ers 99
Without Embiid, the Sixers are in a bad place, allowing the Heat’s swarming defense to concentrate on Harden. That worked well in Game 1, with Harden scoring just 16 points and the 76ers converting only 6 of 34 3-point attempts.
I believe the Heat will employ a similar strategy, and the Sixers will be unable to adjust enough to win this game. I believe the Heat will win, but it is not worth betting on the money line (-420). PASS.
Against the spread
The Heat were 7.5-point favorites in Game 1 and won by 14 points, covering the spread. Despite Miami’s injury concerns entering this game, they’re favored even more in Game 2.
Butler does not seem to be in danger of missing Game 2, and the Heat will be OK as long as he has Herro, Strus, or both. Bet the HEAT -8.5 (-120) to cover the spread at home, where they are 24-21 ATS this year. The Sixers are just too thin on the ground to keep this game close.
The Over/Under in this game is one point lower than it was in Game 1. In the first game, the total was 198 points, indicating a low-scoring game sans Embiid.
After the 76ers shot horribly from 3-point range in Game 1, I believe there will be more points scored in this one, which is why I prefer the OVER 207.5. (-110). Philadelphia should have a better night shooting from deep, and it will need to if it is to win on the road.