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NBA Odds: 76ers vs. Heat

After surviving a must-win Game 4 the Philadelphia 76ers need another win tonight to stay alive when they take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their opening round playoff series.

The 76ers won Game 4 86-82 as a 5.5-point underdog. Louis Williams scored 17 points for the 76ers, while LeBron James led Miami with 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

View Philadelphia vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Miami opened as 11-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 186.5 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Heat, currently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the 76ers, who rate No. 9 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 106-100 victory for the Heat.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 8-ranked offense (102.1 PPG) against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 12 at 97.5 PPG. The Heat have averaged 48.1% from the field per game, more than the 76ers have managed so far this season (46.1% on average).

Defensively, the 76ers feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 99.6 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.

The Heat were an 86-82 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 5.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (168) made winners of UNDER bettors. LeBron James chucked in 31 points for Miami on Sunday, but they still came up short in losing 86-82 at Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Miami are 2-8
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few 76ers at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing Miami
Philadelphia is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Miami is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Philadelphia
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Miami, Friday, April 29
Miami at Philadelphia, Friday, April 29