Miami Heat (44-38) at Philadelphia 76ers (52-30)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 210 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers meet Saturday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Miami Heat look to make an early playoff statement after inconsistent play and splitting their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 103.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 45 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14 points and 11.8 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Dwyane Wade is dishing 3.1 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers look to carry over their momentum, as they haven’t lost a game since March 13. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 109.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting. JJ Redick is averaging 17.1 points and three assists while Ben Simmons is averaging 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Dario Saric is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost one home game since January 15.
The Heat are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, 18-8-2 ATS in their last 28 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Heat are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
These two teams don't like one another, and it starts with Embiid and Whiteside, who had Twitter beef and then got into a bit of a scuffle in the last meeting. I know the 76ers are the hottest team in the league, but playoffs are different, and this is a young team with no playoff experience. The Miami heat have won the last two meetings against the 76ers, and the two losses in February were decided by six or less points. Without Embiid, this series is even more interesting. I'm taking the Heat and the points.