Heat vs. 76ers - 12/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (3-23) at Miami Heat (13-15)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, SUN
The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat square off Tuesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Philadelphia 76ers have lost five of their last six games and continue their lengthy road trip. On the season, the 76ers are averaging 91.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting and are allowing 103.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Tony Wroten is averaging 16.3 points and 5.7 assists while Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 15.7 points and seven rebounds. Henry Sims is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and K.J. McDaniels is shooting 41.3 percent from the field. The Philadelphia 76ers continue to stink it up at both ends of the floor, especially on offense where they’re shooting 40.8 percent from the field in their last five games. Really nothing has changed with the 76ers, as they hope to finish with the worst record in the league in hopes of getting the top overall pick.
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The Miami Heat have split their last six games and play their last game before the big matchup against the Cavs. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 98 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Luol Deng is averaging 14.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while Mario Chalmers is averaging 12.5 points and 4.4 assists. Shawne Williams is shooting 44 percent from the field and Norris Cole is averaging 3.4 assists. The Miami Heat, a team that’s struggled on defense all season, has held their opponent under 100 points in four of their last six games but are allowing teams to shoot 37 percent from deep in their last five games. The Heat are 5-9 SU at home. Dwyane Wade is questionable with a knee injury and Chris Bosh is expected to be out.
The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Heat are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic. The road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Heat have to show more consistency before we start backing them and the heavy chalk. While the 76ers a re horrible, they have been decent at keeping game close.