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76ers Heat: NBA odds preview

Philadelphia has lost 16 of its past 18 trips to Miami and they are 9-point underdogs to lose again today in NBA wagering action.

AmericanAirlines Arena features the host Heat, the third-highest scoring team in the league, against the visiting 76ers, the league's second-best defensive team.

After a fast start, supporters of the 76ers have seen profits go up in a smoke during a six-week slump. The 76ers have not won here since Feb. 23, 2008.

View Philadelphia vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Heat as 9-point favorites on the opening line for this contest over at TopBet. The total was listed at 184, but may be on the move downwards at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Heat - 76ers odds would favor the Heat if the lines were set according to power ranks. Miami is rated No. 2 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the 76ers sit at No. 3. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-100 win for the Heat.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 4-ranked offense (100.7 PPG) against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 1 at 87.8 PPG. The Heat have averaged 47.9% from the field per game, more than the 76ers have managed so far this season (44.8% on average).

Defensively, the 76ers feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.1 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the league in scoring at home.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 95-90 result against the Hawks on March 31. The 76ers failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 185 combined points took the game OVER the total. The 76ers got a 25-point performance from Elton Brand, who added 10 rebounds as Philadelphia ran past Atlanta 95-90 on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

In their last action, Miami was a 91-72 loser on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (163) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Heat got 23 points from LeBron James, but it was Boston that prevailed in a 91-72 final on Sunday at TD Garden.

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Boston are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3


A few 76ers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games on the road
Philadelphia is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
Philadelphia is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Miami
Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Miami is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Toronto, Wednesday, April 4
Miami home to Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 4