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Two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the fourth Philadelphia 76ers (37-21), are hosting the ninth Miami Heat (26-30), with both teams coming off single victories and are looking to continue on the winning ways in this game.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5
Philadelphia 76ers have a 37-21 record (28-30 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Celtics in the 4th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Knicks with a 126-111 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 13.5 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 18.8 ppg and 5 boards, while JJ Redick adds 18.6 ppg.
Miami Heat have a 26-30 record (29-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Mavericks with a 112-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Josh Richardson with 17.6 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and 3.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Goran Dragic with 15.3 ppg, 3.1 boards and a team high 4.9 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won on the road with a 114-124 score. Sixers have a 23-7 home record, while the Heat are 15-14 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.9 ppg to Heat’s 105.1, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 105.7 ppg to Sixers’ 112.2. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 44.6%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 35.1%). They are also better in dimes made (27.4 to 23.8), while both teams are very close both in boards grabbed (47 to 46.7) and in turnovers committed (14.7 to 15.1). Sixers are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -6.5 (-108)
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