Free NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: Heat vs 76ers Prediction
The NBA season has come and gone in a flash. Now we are ready to begin the playoff season. Sixteen teams will now compete for basketball’s biggest prize. Four games are on the board for Saturday. One of them is between the red-hot 76ers and Heat. The game will be televised on ESPN. My NBA pick for April 14 is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions
The Miami Heat finished the season 44-38. Miami finished sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Heat won their last game and went 5-5 to end the season. Philadelphia finished the season 52-30, which put them in third place of the Eastern Conference. The 76ers were the hottest team at the end of the season. They won 16 games in a row.
The 76ers and Heat met for the first time this season on February 2. Philadelphia hosted the matchup. Philadelphia won 103-97, led by Ben Simmons 20 points. Dario Saric and Joel Embiid each had a double-double in points and rebounds. Kelly Olynyk had 19 points off the bench for the Heat.
The second matchup of the season for these teams was on February 14. The game was held in Philadelphia and the 76ers won again. This time the matchup was much closer as Philadelphia pulled away with a 104-102 win. James Johnson scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Heat. Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
The third matchup was in Miami on February 27. The Heat won 102-101. Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and Goran Dragic dropped 21 points. Joel Embiid scored 23 points, but it was not enough to beat the Heat.
Miami Heat +7 (-110) at Philadelphia 76ers -7(-110)
The most recent game between Miami and Philadelphia was on March 8. The Heat hosted the game and pulled away with a 108-99 victory. Dario Saric scored 20 points to lead the 76ers in points. Hassan Whiteside had 26 points and Dwyane Wade scored 16 points.
Dion Waiters will miss the entire playoffs after having season ending surgery on his left ankle. Goran Dragic is probable for Game 1 of the playoffs, while Hassan Whiteside is questionable for Game 1. Joel Embiid and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will both miss Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs. JJ Redick is questionable for Game 1.
The Miami Heat are entering the night with a pretty experience playoff team. Dwyane Wade is the leader of the team and he has been through his share of playoff runs. The 76ers team is coming in extremely hot, but their team overall does not have much playoff experience. Philadelphia is at the point where they are due for a loss, and in a playoff atmosphere that they are not used to, I believe the Heat have a chance to pull off the upset.
The spread has Philadelphia -7 right now, which seems a little ridiculous to me. The Heat opened at +6.5 points, but even that seemed like a generous amount of points. In all four of the matchups between these teams during the regular season, the Heat would have covered that spread. Philadelphia is a little overhyped right now, due to their recent winning streak, which is a huge reason why they are such big favorites. I believe the Heat will play a much tighter game then the spread is showing.