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NBA odds preview - Heat vs. 76ers

Miami HeatPhiladelphia 76ers
27-11January 17, 2014, 07:00 | Wells Fargo Center13-25

The 76ers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Heat tip off at Wells Fargo Center on Friday in NBA play.

Philadelphia battles the Heat, currently with a 27-11 mark (17-21 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 21-16-1 for the 76ers and 23-15 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Odds and Stats.

Philadelphia opened as 9.5-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 212 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 29-rated 76ers and the No. 14-ranked Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 101-89 result in favor of the Heat.

Miami lost its last outing, a 114-97 result against the Wizards on January 15. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 211 combined points took the game OVER the total. Chris Bosh scored 26 points for Miami on Wednesday, but the Wizards managed a 114-97 victory over the Heat at Verizon Center.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 95-92 winner as they battled the Bobcats at home. The 76ers covered in the match as a 2-point favorite, while 187 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Evan Turner scored 23 points leading the 76ers to a 95-92 victory over Charlotte at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 102.29 PPG, against a Heat defense that ranks No. 8 at 98.58 PPG. The 76ers field goal percentage has averaged 44.57% so far, less than the Heat shooters have achieved on the year, 50.74% per game.

Next up:
Miami at Charlotte, Saturday, January 18th
Philadelphia at Chicago, Saturday, January 18th