LeBron James and the Miami Heat have won six games in a row against the Philadelphia 76ers as those Eastern Conference clubs meet in NBA betting action at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.
Overall the Heat are 9-1 over their past 10 games against the Sixers dating back to 2011, and they've managed to cover the posted spread at the sportsbooks in four of their past five meetings. The OVER paid out in each of their last two matchups.
The Heat sport records of 45-14 and 31-28 ATS heading into this matchup, while the 76ers sit at 23-37 and 27-33 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 30-29 for the Heat and 31-29 for the 76ers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Heat installed as 14-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including , at 196.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Heat, currently No. 9 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the 76ers, who rate No. 23 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 104-93 victory for the Heat.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 5-ranked offense (103.5 PPG) against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 10 at 96.1 PPG. The Heat have averaged 49.5% from the field per game, more than the 76ers have managed so far this season (43.9% on average).
Defensively, the 76ers feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.5 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.
Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 107-96 result against the Hawks on March 6. The 76ers failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point underdog, while the 203 combined points took the game OVER the total. Philadelphia suffered a 107-96 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Damien Wilkins in a losing effort at Philips Arena.
Last time out for Miami, they were a 97-96 winner as they battled the Magic at home. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 15.5-point favorite, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Orlando was scorched by LeBron James for 26 points as the Heat defated the Magic 97-96 in NBA action on Wednesday.
Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Orlando are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 7-3
After playing Orlando are 8-2
After a win are 10-0
A few 76ers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Miami
Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Philadelphia at Orlando, Sunday, March 10
Miami home to Indiana, Sunday, March 10