76ers vs. Heat Prediction

Are the Heat laying too many points to the 76ers on Saturday night? 2/4/17

Are the Heat laying too many points to the 76ers tonight when the two teams square off in Miami at 7:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Heat are 8-point home favorites versus the 76ers while the over/under currently sits at 207.5 points. As of this writing, neither the point spread nor the total have moved off the original numbers posted by oddsmakers.

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The 76ers have split over their last 10 games but are 7-3 against the spread during that same span. They've lost back-to-back games at Dallas and San Antonio, failing to score over 95 points in both contests. In their 102-86 loss to the Spurs, Ersan Ilyasova scored a game-high 25 points, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, one block, four steals and two 3-pointers.

The Heat have won nine of their last 10 games and are 8-1-1 against the spread during that stretch. The team has won nine consecutive games, including on Wednesday when it won 116-93 versus the Hawks. Goran Dragic scored 27 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes, while Hassan Whiteside scored 18 points with 18 boards.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Sixers are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games in Miami, while the underdog is 5-1-1 against the number in the last seven meetings between these two teams and the road square is 8-1-1 against the number in the last 10 meetings between these two teams. The Heat have also failed to cover in all six of their last six games playing on two days of rest.

 

SATURDAY NBA PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS +8

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