Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat - 1/17/14
Miami Heat (27-11) at Philadelphia 76ers (13-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +10 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
Lebron James and the Miami Heat look to bounce back against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night from Wells Fargo Arena.
The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat on the other hand are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
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Surely this is the spot for the Miami Heat to turn things around, right? I was pretty confident that after back-to-back losses to both New York teams that the Heat were going to take care off a Washington Wizards team on Wednesday night that had lost four straight home games. But what do they do? They come out and find themselves down by a whopping 25 points at quarter time (the deficit was 34 points at one stage in the second quarter), which proved to be the difference in the game as Miami couldn’t peg the lead back in the end. Lebron James and company ended up losing 114-97, which was their third straight loss.
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off an 95-92 home win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night, but their play of late hasn’t been great as they have dropped their previous four games, three of which coming at home. Speaking of their home games, the 76ers have struggled there for sometime now as they have covered the spread in just two of their last 10 at Well Fargo Arena. Philly has also lost seven of eight on their home court straight up and every one of those losses has come by double-digits.
Given the fact that Miami will be desperate for a win tonight and that the 76ers have lost seven of eight at home all by 10 points or more, the Heat are the play here. While Philly did upset the Heat in their first game of the season, this isn’t the same 76ers team and you have to think that Miami would want some payback for that game. If seven other teams can beat Philly by double-digits at home then surely a desperate Miami team can too?
Dan’s Pick: Miami -10