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NBA Playoff Betting: 76ers vs. Heat

After taking Game 1 over the weekend the Miami Heat look to take a 2-0 series lead tonight when they clash with the Philadelphia 76ers in the second game of their opening round series.

In Game 1 the Heat defeated the 76ers 97-89 but failed to cover the 10.5-point spread. The final scored fell UNDER the posted total of 190. Chris Bosh led Miami with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Thaddeus Young had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia.

View Philadelphia vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 9.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 189.5 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Heat and the No. 9-ranked 76ers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 106-100 result in favor of the Heat.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting 76ers rank No. 13 in the league with 41.8 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 9 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 11-ranked team at 6.7 per game, while the 76ers rate No. 23 with 5.4 per contest.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the 76ers own the league's No. 13-rated mark, allowing 99.6 points per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in home scoring.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 97-89 loser on the road against the Heat. They covered the 10.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (186) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The 76ers got a 20-point performance from Thaddeus Young, who added 11 rebounds, but Miami still ran past Philadelphia 97-89 on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few 76ers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Philadelphia's last 18 games when playing Miami
Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
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
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Miami, Thursday, April 21
Miami at Philadelphia, Thursday, April 21