NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76'ers – Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida
When: Tuesday April 9th at 7:30 PM ET
Spread: Miami -3.5
BookMaker has the Miami Heat listed as 3.5 point favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Miami Heat enter this game with a record of 38-42 and have lost four of their last five games including four losses in a row and are coming off a road loss against the Toronto Raptors by a score of 109-117.
The Philadelphia 76ers enter this game with a record of 50-30 and have lost three of their last five games, but are coming off a road win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday by a score of 116-96 which ended their three-game losing streak. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers are 50-30 overall and 37-43 ATS. The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and are locked into the 3 seed in the conference. Philadelphia is 37-43 ATS overall, 19-30 ATS after a win, 17-23 ATS on the road and 11-12 ATS as an underdog.
Joel Embiid leads the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks with 1,761 points, 871 rebounds and 122 blocks. Ben Simmons leads the team in assists and steals with 609 assists and 110 steals.
Philadelphia is averaging 115.26 points per game which ranks 4th in the NBA. They are averaging 10.89 offensive rebounds per game which is tied for 10th in the NBA. They are averaging 26.94 assists per game which ranks 4th in the NBA.
The 76ers are allowing an average of 112.41 points per game which ranks 18th in the NBA. They are averaging 36.9 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA. They are averaging 7.4 steals per game which is tied for 20th in the NBA.
The Heat are 38-42 overall and 42-37-1 ATS. The Miami Heat haven’t been eliminated from the playoffs, but a loss in either of their final two games and they will be. Miami is 42-37-1 ATS overall, 20-20-1 ATS after a loss, 16-23-1 ATS at home and 16-24-1 ATS as a favorite.
Josh Richardson leads the team in scoring, assists and steals with 1,209 points, 298 assists and 79 steals. Hassan Whiteside leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 808 rebounds and 132 blocks.
Miami is averaging 105.65 points per game which ranks 26th in the NBA. They are averaging 11.33 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 7th in the NBA. They are averaging 24.25 assists per game which ranks 17th in the NBA.
The Heat are allowing an average of 105.94 points per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA. They are averaging 34.95 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 15th in the NBA. They are averaging 7.65 steals per game which ranks 14th in the NBA.
Philadelphia gets the win and cover
The Philadelphia 76ers are the better team and even though this is likely Dwayne Wade’s last game in Miami I look for the 76ers to win. Philadelphia is 7-3 overall and 5-4-1 ATS in their last ten match-ups with Miami while outscoring the Heat by an average of 110.5 to 104.5 in those games. The 76ers are 3-0 overall and 2-1 ATS in their last three meetings against the Heath while outscoring Miami by an average of 111.33 to 102.33 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with a 76ers win and cover in the game on Tuesday against the Heat. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.