Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat - 11/1/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (1-0) at Philadelphia 76ers (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +9 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, CSN-PHI
The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers will play Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards in their season opener Wednesday night, 107-95. The Heat shot 48.1 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from downtown in the victory. Chris Bosh looked like the player in was in Toronto, scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, while Norris Cole thrived in his new starting role with 23 points and two assists. Dwyane Wade left the game with a calf injury but came back to dominate the fourth quarter and finished the game with 21 points and three assists. Wade is expected to play in this game despite a sore calf. Josh McRoberts is expected to miss another game with a toe injury. Overall, the Miami Heat looked solid in their opening game and should build on that heading into this matchup.
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The Philadelphia 76ers fall to 0-2 on the season after losing to the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night, 93-81. The 76ers are looking for offense anywhere they can get it at the moment, as they’ve shot well below 40 percent from the field in both games. Nerlens Noel is starting to get a little more comfortable on the court, as he’s coming off his best game yet with 14 points and 10 rebounds. So far, Tony Wroten has been the best player for the 76ers, as he’s racked up 36 points and 13 assists in the first three games. And while rookie K.J. McDaniels isn’t known for his offense, he scored 12 points off the bench in the 76ers last game. The Philadelphia 76ers certainly don’t have high expectations this season but losing their first two games by 12 points apiece is a sign of slight improvement. After all, we’ve seen much worse a season ago.
The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The 76ers are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-23 ATS in their last 32 home games. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers are easily the worst team in all of basketball, while the Heat are still one of the better teams in the East. With the 76ers coming off a back-to-back, the Heat should win by double digits.