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Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers (35-28) at Miami Heat (34-31)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat +2 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN, SUN

The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat meet Thursday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a statement victory after splitting their last six games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 107.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.6 points and 11.1 rebounds while Ben Simmons is averaging 16.5 points and 7.6 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Dario Saric is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last six road games.

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Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 3/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami Heat also need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.4 points and 4.9 assists while Dwyane Wade is averaging 14 points and 3.9 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Richardson is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won five of their last six home games.

The 76ers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The home team has won each of the last eight meetings between the 76ers and Heat, which includes a Miami win about a week ago. The Philadelphia 76ers also have to prove to me that they can consistently win on the road, as they're not the same team as they are at home, and the defense does struggle to get stops. This is a big game for both teams in terms of playoff position, and it seems like the Heat are a little more prepared in terms of leadership and experience on their side. I'll gladly take the free bucket in a game the Heat likely win outright.

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