In Friday’s Game 3 of the upcoming NBA playoff series, the Miami Heat (51-37-1 ATS) will try to put the Philadelphia 76ers (41-47-2 ATS) in an unfathomable three-game deficit. Another blowout defeat for a Sixers squad that is still without star center Joel Embiid. The Sixers are in a must-win position against the Heat as the series moves to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Heat has the ability to go for broke.
It is an opportunity for the Heat to snuff off the Sixers’ last hope. Imagine the Heat getting more rest after a reasonably easy series against the Sixers. That is what they must consider ahead of Game 3 on Friday.
Miami’s defense has been outstanding, and the Eagles have been caught off guard at every step. For a team that is missing Embiid’s 30-plus points per game. James Harden has exposed himself to be nothing more than a facilitator on the court.
This 76ers squad, unlike previous editions, isn’t designed to defend against fire with fire. The Heat have the league’s No. 17 scoring offense, with 119 points in Game 2.
Are the Sixers cooked?
There’s a chance Joel Embiid may return for Game 3, but the star center expects to suit up for the time being. If the Sixers can steal Friday’s game, Harden might give his team some time and perhaps create the framework for a comeback. If they win Game 3, they may tie the series in Game 4 at home, with Embiid possibly returning to the court.
However, the attack must start rolling in some way. It begins with Harden at the top and cascades down to the rest of the starters. Tyrese Maxey scored 34 points in Game 2, while Tobias Harris added 21 points.
Heat vs. 76ers Odds
Heat Odds -3.5
76ers Odds +3.5
Time 7 p.m ET
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The Miami Heat won Game 2 119-103 to take a 2-0 series lead against the Philadelphia 76ers. Both clubs will go to Philadelphia with many important players out.
Heat vs 76ers Game 3 Prediction and NBA Odds: Predicted Winner
The 76ers might benefit significantly from Joel Embiid’s comeback in Game 3. To win at home against the powerhouse Heat, they will need a total effort from all players.
The Miami Heat, on the other hand, is riding a wave of success. They’ll want to put pressure on the hosts in the opening quarter and get another win. The Philadelphia 76ers favors by the prediction and betting platform for Game 3.