Philadelphia 76ers (55-34) vs. Miami Heat (58-30)
May 4, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Heat -8; Over/Under: 207.5
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat meet Wednesday in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs at the FTX Arena. The Philadelphia 76ers need a win to even up the series at 1-1. The Miami Heat have a chance to take a quick 2-0 series lead.
The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.7 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 21 points and 4.4 assists, while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.1 points and 2.6 assists. James Harden is the third double-digit scorer and Danny Green is dishing 1.1 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game.
The Miami Heat are averaging 108.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 96.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 27.4 points and 8 rebounds, while Tyler Herro is averaging 14.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Bam Adebayo is the third double-digit scorer and Max Strus is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Heat are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The under is 5-1 in 76ers last 6 overall. The under is 6-0 in Heat last 6 overall. The 76ers are 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami and 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t get anything going offensively in the series opener, and it’s likely going to be more of the same without Joel Embiid. James Harden is a shell of himself, as his shot isn’t nearly as consistent, and he can’t get by anybody off the dribble. I’m sorry, but the 76ers have no chance if Maxey and Harris are going to be the best players in this series. The Miami Heat have been ridiculous defensively, and that includes allowing 97.6 points in their last five games. Like game one, I like the Heat to pull away in the second half and cover this number.