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Cruising 76ers Will Attract Plenty of Money Ahead of Game 2 vs the Heat

The Philadelphia 76ers shook off the playoff rust in extraordinary fashion to open the 2018 postseason with a 130-103 Game 1 victory over the Miami Heat and improve their winning streak to 17 games. The Heat will look to bounce back in Game 2 in the City of Brotherly Love on Monday. With the loss, the Heat fell to 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Philadelphia.

MyBookie opened the 76ers as 6.5-point home favorites with a total of 215.5.

SHARK BITES
  • The Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The Heat are 2-12 SU in their last 14 games as an underdog of 6.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the 76ers’ last seven games with one day off between games.

Philadelphia outscored Miami 74-43 in the second half of Game 1 to overcome a slow start, and the Sixers’ success from downtown was something to behold. Philly shot 18-for-28 from beyond the arc while recording 34 assists and only 10 turnovers in the triumph. Joel Embiid, who didn’t play in the series opener due to an orbital fracture, could return in either Game 2 or 3. Philadelphia has won nine straight without Embiid.

If the Heat are going to keep this series competitive, they’ll need to get much more out of starting center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside, who played only 12 minutes, collected two points on 1-of-4 shooting. Fellow big man Kelly Olynyk helped shoulder the load offensively for the Heat, as the Canadian scored a team-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting off the bench. Overall, Miami’s starters combined to shoot 13-for-40 from the field in Game 1.

Including Game 1, the Sixers have now won 24 of their past 25 at Wells Fargo Center. The OVER is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between the 76ers and Heat in Pennsylvania.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Philadelphia 76ers opened as 7-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 216 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total number of points scored.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 121-99 victory for the 76ers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Philadelphia 76ers currently sport a record of 53-30, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 48-33-2 ATS. The Miami Heat are 44-39 and 40-37-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the 76ers post a 42-40-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Heat have gone 38-43-2 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Miami injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at OddsShark, it's the No. 1-rated 76ers and the No. 7-rated Heat in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Miami Heat rank No. 18 in the league with 43.46 per game. That compares with Philadelphia's No. 1 ranking in that category. When it comes to three-point shooting, Philadelphia is the NBA's No. 10-ranked team at 11.07 treys per game, while Miami rates No. 12 with 11.02 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Miami was crushed on Saturday, getting run out of the gym by Philadelphia and falling 130-103 at Wells Fargo Center.

Betting Trends
  • Miami is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Miami is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Miami is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Miami's last 13 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Miami home to Philadelphia, Thursday, April 19

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