How to Bet 2018 Playoffs Heat at 76ers NBA Lines & Game 2 Info
Is it time to take the Philadelphia 76ers seriously as an NBA title contender? They haven’t lost a game since March 13 and smoked the Miami Heat 130-103 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series. Game 2 is Monday night in Philly and the Sixers are -6.5 in the NBA lines at our online sportsbook.
2018 Playoffs: Heat at 76ers NBA Lines & Game 2 Info – April 16th
When: Monday, 8 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
TV: NBA League Pass
Radio: 790 AM (Miami) / 1420 AM (Philadelphia)
NBA Lines: 76ers -6.5 (215.5)
Latest NBA Lines Trends
- Miami is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 games
- Miami is 2-13 SU in the last 15 games on the road
- The total went OVER in 10 of Miami’s last 13 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 12-3 ATS in the last 15 games
- Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in thelast 5 games
- The total went OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
Why Bet on Miami?
The Heat played the 76ers very tough during the regular season so I’d guess the Game 1 blowout was an aberration. The only guy who much showed up was Kelly Olynyk. He scored 26 points off the bench with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes. If not for Olynyk, the Heat would’ve been out of the game in the third quarter.
Hassan Whiteside was benched for almost the whole second quarter and also didn’t play more than five minutes in the second half. He totaled just 12 minutes with two points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks. Whiteside downplayed his workload; earlier this season, he griped about it.
“I think coach wanted some change,” Whiteside said. “[Kelly Olynyk] was playing well. Of course, I would love to be out there rebounding and blocking shots and be out there with my teammates. But I think K.O. was playing well so coach just wanted to get him out there.”
Coach Erik Spoelstra said his decision wasn’t about Whiteside and added that it was simply a matchup tweak. Goran Dragic scored 15 points with five rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes in the opener. He was a step slow on defense throughout the game and is dealing with a knee injury.
The Heat shot 55 percent in the first as they took a six-point lead, 35-29, lead after one. The teams exchanged the lead four times in the second as Miami held a four-point, 60-56, advantage at the half. The Sixers opened the third on a 23-6 run as they closed the quarter up 12, 90-78 and that was pretty much that.
Dwyane Wade has recorded 174 blocks during his playoff career, the most by a guard in NBA postseason history. The Heat have won at least one game on the road in 18 consecutive playoff series, the longest such streak in NBA history. The Heat have totaled 23 playoff road wins since the 2011 postseason, the second-most in the NBA. Additionally, Wade has recorded 35 postseason road victories in his career, the most by a Heat player in playoff history.
Why Bet on Philadelphia?
The 76ers won Game 1 without superstar center Joel Embiid and he won’t play Game 2 but probably will Game 2. Embiid has cleared the concussion protocol but the team is still holding him out. Sixers coach Brett Brown said Sunday that the club does not have a clear idea on when Embiid might return.
Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture and has been sidelined since. Brown said the Sixers’ dominant Game 1 win Saturday did not factor in the team’s decision to sit Embiid for Game 2. Embiid said he has lost some weight since he suffered the injury. He will wear a protective mask when he returns to the court.
Philly’s Game 1 victory was the team’s 17th straight victory overall. Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut. Simmons was a little sloppy in the first half with five turnovers to tie his most turnovers in a half for his career, but he blew up in the third to help the 76ers win the third quarter 34-18. The Heat had no answer for him with Josh Richardson and James Johnson having a tough time.
Simmons praised teammate Robert Covington’s performance on defense. Covington finished with nine points, seven boards, four dimes, two triples, and three blocks in his 26.5 minutes of action. “He was huge,” Simmons said. “Had a lot of deflections, blocks. He’s just a great defender all around. he’s long and did a great job.”
Brett Brown heaped praise on Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli, saying that the arrival of the two veterans “has changed our world.” Ilyasova had a double-double in Game 1 (17 points, 14 rebounds) and Belinelli had 25 points. Dario Saric scored 20 points with six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes
Led by four each from JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli, the 76ers hit a team playoff-record 18 3-pointers (on 28 attempts).
Expert NBA Betting Prediction
Miami will play much better and cover Game 2’s NBA lines, although Philly still wins.