Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Bet Builder Tips: Wednesday, May 4th
The Miami Heat host the Philadelphia 76ers at FTX Arena tonight for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Game 1 was a routine victory for the Heat but both sides had trouble getting their offence going. Will we see more of the same tonight, or will the 76ers be able to steal a game on the road? Take a look at my analysis and Bet Builder Tips in the article below.
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- Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Betting Analysis
- Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Bet Builder Tips
The Miami Heat are a team made for the playoffs. They finished the regular season 10th in offensive and 5th in defensive rating, whilst allowing just 105.6 points per game and being the third-slowest team in the NBA. Their elite defence allowed them to keep Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks to low scoring numbers and percentages throughout the series and close it out in just 5 games. They have won all 4 of their home games so far in the playoffs, and they were consistently winning at home during the regular season with a record of 29-12.
The Philadelphia 76ers had a solid regular season and finished 4th in the conference with 50 wins and 31 losses. Doc Rivers’ squad was average on both sides of the floor, and despite their offensive surge after the James Harden trade, things cooled down for the 76ers and they finished 12th in both offensive and defensive rating. But lady luck was kind to Philly fans and they got the Toronto Raptors in the first round, and with the excellence of MVP candidate Embiid, Maxey and Harden in Game 6 were able to close the series. But do the Philadelphia 76ers have what it takes to finally reach the next level in the playoffs? I guess we’ll find out here.
Game 1 was an easy victory for the Miami Heat at FTX Arena, winning all 4 quarters of the game and finishing with a 106-92 scoreline. Eric Spoelstra’s team actually had a very poor offensive night, shooting 25% from beyond the arc and 43.5% from the field. But the absence of Joel Embiid in the paint allowed the Heat to score 52 points in the paint and dominate the glass, grabbing 47 rebounds, 15 of which were offensive. Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo were their main scorers with 25 and 24 points apiece, whilst Jimmy Butler had a terrible shooting night, going 5-16 from the field, and 1-4 from downtown.
For the 76ers, Joel Embiid will miss Game 2 as well, and things are looking grim. They had a terrible offensive night in Game 1, shooting 17% for 3 and 43% from the field. Tobias Harris was their top scoring guy that night going for 27 points, whilst Tyrese Maxey had a poor night, going 6-15 from the field and 1/6 from downtown. Their lack of effort on the glass was evident, grabbing just 37 rebounds all game, and without their top big man in Game 2, it’s difficult to imagine them bouncing back.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Bet Builder Tips
- Miami Heat -4.5 in 1st half
- Under 206.5 points
- Bam Adebayo Over 10.5 Rebounds
- Tyler Herro Over 3.5 assists
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Odds as at 2pm May 4th. Odds may now differ.
The Miami Heat are the better team in this series due to their ability to play elite defence and convert at the other side. That said, with Joel Embiid missing Game 2 and the Heat playing at home, we should see a similar result to Game 1, more precisely in the first half. The Heat have been terrific starting games in the playoffs this year, and the 4.5 point line is looking rather reachable.
The Miami Heat are one of the best defensive teams in the league and have kept opponents to 105.6 points per game. They absolutely shut down the Hawks in the first round and we should see more of the same here. That said, I expect a lot more defensive effort from the 76ers in Game 2 and we should end up seeing another low-scoring affair.
Bam Adebayo has averaged 10.1 rebounds per game in the regular season, and he was the top rebounder on both sides in their series against the Hawks. He went for 12 boards in Game 1 against the 76ers, and I expect him to go over once again.
Tyler Herro was the ace up Eric Spoelstra’s sleeve this season, averaging 20.7 points and 4 assists off the bench during the regular season. He was amazing in Game 1 with 7 assists, and he makes things happen every time he touches the ball. 3.5 assists looks like a rather low line, especially with Kyle Lowry still out with a hamstring injury.