The Miami Heat who are coming off a second half collapse at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks and star Brandon Jennings will be facing the new and improved Philadelphia 76'ers who are the surprise money maker in NBA picks this season.
Tip-off for this matchup
is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.NBA odds
have the Miami Heat
as a slight 2 point favorite and the total is listed at 194
. The line has moved as the Heat were initially a 3.5 point favorite. A lot of money is going in the Sixers direction apparently.
The 76ers have exceeded all expectations this season thus far. Do you dare go against them and take LBJ and D.Wade along with the Miami Heat as your NBA pick?Philly's finest
The 76ers are an athletic team that's stepped up their game this season and this certainly won't be an automatic victory for Miami as the Sixers sport a 12-2 mark at home this season. They're coming off of a big victory at the Wells Fargo Center against one of the best teams in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls.No contest
This game was never in doubt as the Philadelphia bench, including Lou Williams, Evan Turner, and Lavoy Allen accounted for 48 points on 18 of 34 shooting from the field. The Sixers got off to an early six point lead and never looked back as they outscored Chicago 26-11 to put an exclamation point on the win. Andre Iguodala came through big in this game as he led the team with 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Now it's onward to face an even bigger test in the Miami Heat with the trio of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.Well balanced attack
Philadelphia features 8 players that average 9 points per game or more and are led by point guard Lou Williams at 15.3 points per game. This is a collective team effort as Williams isn't even a starter and plays just 25.1 minutes per game. It can be a different player to lead the team on any different occasion whether it be veteran Elton Brand or 2nd year guard Jrue Holiday. One setback for Philly is they're currently without the services of center Spencer Hawes.
Hawes is a major contributor and is currently on a day to day situation with his current injury. Hawes gives the SIxers size at 7 foot 1, 245 pounds. He's averaged 10.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. Think of where this 76ers ball club will be at when they're at full capacity....
The second best offense of Miami (103.7 points per game) will be facing the best defense in the league
in the Philadelphia 76ers (85.9 points per game). Which will prevail? It should be interesting.Squandering Double Digits
In the Heat's last game. they outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 40-23 in the 1st quarter but managed to give it all back as star Brandon Jennings took them to school and lit them up for 31 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. LBJ came up with a big 40 point performance for the Heat but it wasn't enough. Now, they face the top defense in the league in the Philadelphia 76ers.
I know that people will key in on the play of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade but Chris Bosh's play will be crucial in this game as Spencer Hawes has been injured. Bosh has played well but didn't deliver against the Bucks as he scored just 9 points in 38 minutes of play.Don't defer!
As I just mentioned, Chris Bosh need's to take advantage of the mismatch at center. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade will find their shots regardless. Bosh need to revert back to his time with the Raptors in where he was all about offense. Bosh has proven that he can score, averaging 20.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. If Chris Bosh can stay out of foul trouble and look to shoot more, he'll put Miami in a better position to win this game.Key Trend
Miami is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 meetings in Philadelphia. (Although this is true, the Heat were more heavily favored in the past as the Sixers weren't as good a team as they are now).Who wins & who covers?
Playing a team that's only lost twice at home this season will be a big test for the Heat. Philadelphia's defense will be the key for them to have a chance in this game. I don't think that we'll see a repeat performance of the Milwaukee Bucks game. There's no Brandon Jennings on the Sixers that will provide an offensive explosion. Go with the better team, take the Heat, and lay the points.