Two teams with almost identical records fighting for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25), who have been undefeated for more than a week now, are hosting the Miami Heat (30-27), who have an opposite trajectory and are struggling lately, having won only one in their last seven games. Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-14-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5
Sixers have a 29-25 record (31-22-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the East. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against the Knicks with a 108-92 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.8 ppg, adding a team high 11.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by JJ Redick with 17 ppg, while Ben Simmons adds 16.5 ppg, 7.7 rebounds and a team high 7.3 assists per game.
Heat have a 30-27 record (27-27-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the East. They have lost six of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 112-115 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 17.2 ppg, adding a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Hassan Whiteside with 14.2 ppg and a team high 12 rebounds per game, while Jason Richardson adds 13.4 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Sixers won at home with a 103-97 score. Sixers are 17-9 at home so far this season, while Heat are 15-15 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 107.6 ppg to Heat’s third-worse of 100.5, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 101.4 ppg to Sixers’ 105.6. The Sixers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.65% to Heat’s 45.21% and a better 3-point percentage (36.41% to 35.8%). Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 46.7 to Heat’s 42.8 and they are third-best in assists made, with 25.6 to Heat’s 21.8. Heat are struggling mightily lately and have been mediocre at home throughout the season. Vegas odds give the Sixers a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 (-106)
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Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Spread and Prediction