76ers vs. Heat Pick

NBA Predictions: Will Heat protect home court vs. 76ers? 3/8/18

Are the Miami Heat going to post the victory tonight when they host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:30PM ET?

653 Philadelphia 76ers at 654 Miami Heat, 7:30PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the spread line is set as a pick'em between the 76ers and Heat. The total sits at 209.5 points.

Bet NBA Action For Thursday, March 8, 2018

LINE MOVEMENT

Philadelphia opened as a 1-point favorite before the line slid to a pick'em. The total has gone up after opening at 207.5. The line is a pick'em almost everywhere, but the Sixers can be found as a 1-point favorite still if you shop around. The total is at 209 most places, but is at 209.5 at certain books such as YouWager.

PUBLIC BETTING

As of Thursday afternoon, 59 percent of bets are coming in on the visiting 76ers. Online wager info also shows that 59 percent of bets are also being placed on the over.

INJURY TO WATCH

Philadelphia has two players out indefinitely - shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz (lisfranc) and point guard Markelle Fultz (shoulder). For the Heat, shooting guard Wayne Ellington is probable to play after missing the last four games with a quadriceps contusion.

BETTING STRATEGY

This is an important game for both teams with the Heat tied for one of the last two spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the Sixers are only one game ahead in the win column. The Heat won 102-101 on their home floor in the last meeting as Dwyane Wade hit a go-ahead jumper in the closing seconds. Philadelphia won the two meetings on its home floor in February by scores of 103-97 and 104-102. Look for the Heat to treat this game with the importance it deserves and to even the season series at two games apiece. Miami has won four of its last six games with one of the two losses coming in overtime, so they come into this game in good form.

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MIAMI HEAT PICK'EM

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